Airfares from Dubai to popular destinations across the Far East, Europe and South Asia could jump by 80 per cent in the coming weeks as demand outstrips supply.
Travel industry executives advised UAE travellers to book their tickets now as further delays will make a bigger hole in their pockets and they could face the disappointment of booking direct flights on the desired dates.
On Monday, Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates urged customers who haven’t planned their holidays or made travel arrangements to get ahead and book now to ensure they can travel on their preferred dates and flights as daily booking volumes are accelerating with the summer holidays drawing closer.
It said over 550,000 customers are expected to fly out from the UAE between June and July on over 2,400 weekly network-wide departures.
Thailand, Singapore and Bali have opened up for UAE travellers and there is a strong demand on these routes because UAE residents get visas on arrival to these destinations.
Airfares to India could up to Dh4,000.
Tickets to Bali have increased to around Dh5,000 because people who want to fly from Europe to Bali prefer to fly with Emirates because it’s a quality long-haul airline.
Similarly, Dubai-London return ticket costs around Dh3,600 for next week which jumps to over Dh5,500 for the next month and it could go up to Dh6,500-Dh7,000.
Moreover, lower economy seats (such as saver fares) are nearly sold out to popular destinations and what is remaining is higher (costlier) economy class.