With Emirates airline increasing the frequency of its flights to nine locations in India to 170 per week beginning in early April, full choices for travel between the UAE and India are now opening up. As other airlines increase their UAE-India itineraries, this may have an impact on demand and ticket prices during Ramadan and Eid.
The last weeks of March, which are typically a busy travel season for Indian expats due to Spring school holidays, are seeing less reservations, although this is swiftly changing. After two years of difficulties caused by COVID-19, the Indian government has decided to resume foreign flights at the end of this month, in accordance with existing bilateral accords.
This is what led Emirates to travel to India with their whole pre-COVID-19 itinerary. “This is a big jump from the truncated schedule they were allowed to operate as per the air bubble arrangements (in the last two years),”said Vinamra Longani, Head of Operations at Sarin & Co, an aviation law company.
Ticket rates between the UAE and India have dropped in recent days, but a high-demand period ahead of and during the Eid holidays will ensure that costs do not go below a particular threshold. Anyone looking to travel ahead of Ramadan will be able to find some great deals.
For the first week of April, a one-way ticket from New Delhi to Dubai costs roughly Dh700-Dh800, compared to Dh1,000-Dh1,500 earlier this year. Mumbai will be a far more affordable choice, with tickets beginning at Dh589. Kochi, in southern India, is still on the expensive side, with most airlines costing more than Dh1,000.