Tickets for repatriation flights from UAE to India, which start on May 7, could range between Dh700 to Dh750.
This fare is possible as India’s state-sponsored airline will not maintain social distancing on board the flight and have no empty seats.
By removing the social distancing requirement, the Indian Government is trying to get in more passengers per flight, and thus bring down the ticket rates as well.
If social distancing was maintained, it would have meant rates would have shot up to Dh1,400 per passenger and more.
Blue-collar workers who lost their jobs will be given priority tickets.
Commercial flights are set to bring back 14,800 Indians stranded globally in the first week of repatriation. Almost 2,000 Indians will be evacuated from the UAE between May to 14. However, almost 197,000 Indians have registered to be repatriated from the UAE alone.