For the airlines of the UAE, it seems like the worst has passed.
Airlines in the country are already seeing signs of recovery from the COVID crash.
People’s enthusiasm to travel again is slowing building up.
More and more residents in UAE are now willing to take short trips outside the country.
UAE Airlines Already Seeing Signs of Recovery
The country’s airline traffic is now 30-45% more than the numbers in July and August.
Moreover, Dubai’s efforts to attract foreign visitors is starting to pay off – especially evident on their London-Dubai flights.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO at Flydubai, said:
“We continue to see signs of recovery as more countries start to lift restrictions on international travel,”
Commercial flights to India might be resuming soon as well – which will definitely spike up traffic even more.
As of the moment, India only operates repatriation flights to send stranded citizens back home.
However, starting October 24th normal flights will be allowed between the two countries on limited routes.
“By November, airlines will be running at 70-80 per cent of pre-COVID-19 flights between UAE and India.”
If this happens, UAE’s airlines can potentially expect an almost back to normal recovery before the year’s end.
Recently, bookings from within the country are exploding as UAE residents are more than eager to be back on travel mode.
In fact, Emirates started to raise its fares to Maldives from Dh800 to Dh4,000 due to the high demand.
Inbound tourism is also starting to show some improvement.
With tourists coming in, hotels have reported having their properties reach over 40% occupancy.
Most of these occupants are tourists from overseas.
It seems that people can’t wait to start travelling again.
As much as I want to be positive about this news, I take it with a grain of salt.
I think it’s a bit too soon to celebrate.
Then again, I hope my skepticism is unfounded.
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