Keralite families bear the brunt as UAE-India airfares soar

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Abu Dhabi: The airfares from UAE to India have soared ahead of the Eid holiday. Keralite families, booking flight tickets to celebrate Eid at home after a two-year break due to Covid, have had to bear the brunt of the airfare hike.

Some people even decided against taking the journey due to the ticket fares that skyrocketed over just 10 days. The airfare hike is due to increased travel demand.

The average one-way fare from Dubai to Kochi on Thursday is Rs 7,729. But the fare for April 30 is between Rs 32,227 and Rs 40,143. Even then, the passengers can travel for this fare only if they book separate airlines for the to-and-fro journeys. If tickets are booked on the same airline, sometimes the fare could be higher.

A four-member family would have to shell out a minimum of nearly Rs 2 lakh. But even if they are ready to pay this much, they might not get seats on direct flights. They might get connection flights with hours-long layover in another country.

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