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UAE Flight Tickets Set for Up to 50% Price Drop in 2024

Exciting news is on the horizon for travelers as airfare rates in the UAE are poised to experience a significant downturn, with an expected reduction of 50-60%, starting from mid-January 2024. This substantial decrease in airfare is particularly noteworthy for high-traffic routes, encompassing destinations such as the UK, major European cities, South Asia, the Philippines, and even extended routes to the US.

Malou Prado, CEO of MPQ Travel and Tourism, predicts that the most substantial fare reductions will occur on long-haul routes from the UAE, following the peak winter travel demand. The current surge in demand for flights into Dubai, especially from large tour groups, has led to exceptionally high airfares, posing a challenge for last-minute bookings by UAE-based travelers. However, this trend is expected to shift, with significant fare drops anticipated globally.

For example, economy class fares from London Heathrow to Dubai International are projected to plummet from Dh5,135 to Dh2,410. Similarly, return economy class rates from New York to Dubai will witness a drop to Dh3,519 from Dh6,487, and fares from San Francisco to Dubai are expected to be around Dh5,943, down from Dh7,600.

Despite the current elevated ticket rates, which are 25-50% higher than those in September and early October, the upcoming period is anticipated to offer more budget-friendly options. Afi Ahmed, Chairman of Smart Travels, suggests that the low fare phase could extend until around March 10, driven by reduced travel demand from families with school-going children and business travelers. This timeframe is perceived as an optimal opportunity for budget-conscious travelers to explore the UAE.

While the demand for travel remains robust in the UAE and globally, Carlo Olejniczak, Vice-President and Managing Director for in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, observes a significant uptick in bookings for the first quarter of the year. The International Air Travel Association (IATA) also forecasts a substantial increase in global travel, with approximately 4.7 billion people expected to travel in 2024, surpassing the pre-pandemic level of 4.5 billion in 2019.

As travelers eagerly await this anticipated airfare bonanza, the prospect of more accessible and budget-friendly flights is set to make 2024 a promising year for those planning to explore the UAE and beyond.



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