UAE-India flights: Mumbai airfares to skyrocket as 7-day quarantine lifted – Reuters
A peak of 20 to 25% on the UAE-Mumbai routes expected in the coming weeks.
Passenger traffic and air fares from the United Arab Emirates to Mumbai will increase over the coming week as people looking for a quarantine-free trip to India are expected to choose the state of Maharashtra.
Air passenger traffic is expected to increase by around 20-25% in the coming weeks on the UAE-Mumbai corridor.
Maharashtra has exempted the seven-day quarantine for passengers arriving from the United Arab Emirates from Monday January 17. Also, passengers arriving in Maharashtra are not required to take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport.
India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on January 7 that all international passengers must undergo a mandatory seven-day home quarantine upon arrival in India.
“Yes, Maharashtra has opened up. People are relieved now. But tickets to Mumbai will become expensive as people will land in Mumbai and then travel to other cities. a wedding or an emergency, he can fly to Mumbai and from there he can take a direct flight to any other city,” said Avinash Adnani, Managing Director of Pluto Travels.
Passengers traveling from the United Arab Emirates to Mumbai and then boarding the flight to any other city in India are not required, by law, to self-quarantine and take a PCR test on the eighth day, Adnani added. .
“If people don’t want to take the risk (of getting stuck in India), then land in Mumbai and fly to Delhi, Bangalore or wherever. So you are technically not required by law to self-quarantine at home.
Mir Wasim Raja, Director, MICE and Vacations, Galadari International Travel Services, said many people who were hesitant to travel due to uncertainties surrounding their return to the UAE can now opt for short trips to India.
“People were confused earlier, but with the quarantine rules lifted, I’m sure more people will come to India,” he added.
Raheesh Babu, Group COO of Musafir.com, also called it a very positive sign for the UAE-India travel corridor and suggested that the Indian government should follow the state of Maharashtra. “It is a good move by the Maharashtra state government as in the UAE almost everyone is vaccinated and many have even received booster shots. This will boost the confidence level of travelers from the UAE as traveling to one’s home country and then self-quarantining for seven days is a small challenge.
20-25% increase in passenger traffic
Babu expects a 20-25% spike on UAE-Mumbai routes in the coming weeks. “Mumbai is a popular destination in the UAE. I expect a 20-25% increase in passenger traffic from the UAE to Mumbai. I hope other states will also follow as the UAE is the safest country.
Adnani pointed out that there are enough seats on the UAE-Mumbai routes as traffic is slow due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in the South Asian country.
“Overall traffic to India is low due to the high number of Covid-19 cases. Overall there is humidity and fares are as low as 250 Dh from Sharjah to Mumbai. People who were not traveling due to quarantine will now travel to Mumbai as they were waiting for things to sort themselves out. Many people who want to do business, weddings or emergencies will pass through Mumbai,” Adnani added.