Air ticket prices soar by 20% prior to Eid Holidays

With UAE residents expecting to spend long Eid Al Fitr holidays, airlines are cashing in on high demand for travel abroad by ratcheting up ticket prices.

The seats for flights from the UAE to top travel destinations are also fast running out, so travel is going to be pricier, or not guaranteed, for those who have yet to finalise their holiday plans. Emirates flights that leave on June 3 and return on June 8 can cost Dh5,205 for those looking to travel to Paris, Dh4,285 for travellers bound to Munich and Dh3,425 for flyers bound for either Barcelona or London.

Holidaymakers who wish to fly out to Yerevan in Armenia on June 3 and return on June 8 won’t have any luck: all seats are sold out. Flights are even costlier for Yerevan-bound travellers with outbound flights on June 3 and return journeys on June 7, with economy tickets costing Dh5,485 per person. Those who plan to travel to Georgia via Batumi airport won’t find any seats available, while those who opt to travel via Belfast airport can score tickets for Dh3,805.Travel agents said that the rates for outbound travel during Eid, which is expected to commence on June 2 and June 3 for the public and private sector, respectively, have so far gone up by 20 per cent, and more price increases are expected over the next few days.

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