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Tue 27 Jan 2009 05:22 PM

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Emirates cuts fares to 85 destinations

Dubai-based carrier says reductions made following the recent fall in oil prices.

Emirates Airline on Tuesday cut air fares to 85 destinations following the recent drop in oil prices.

The Dubai-based airline said that revised ticket prices would apply to flights across the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Destinations in India, China, the US, Europe and GCC will also be included.

The reduced fares are valid for bookings until Feb.15 and travel by May.31.

When contacted by Arabian Business, no one at Emirates was immediately available to confirm how low fares will drop by.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates' senior vice president of commercial operations for the Gulf, Middle East and Iran said: “This is our third fare revision since October 2008, and this move is once again driven by the lowering of fuel prices in recent months. Emirates continues to offer competitive airfares across our international network.

“Although travel demand has slowed after the peak holiday season, our convenient connections and high-quality service continue to attract customers seeking good value for money. Our seat factors in the region remain strong, and we are expecting growth in some markets.”

Last month, Emirates announced it will increase services to three Middle Eastern cities. One additional flight will be added to the Riyadh route, while Emirates is introducing two more flights to Amman in February. The airline recently increased services to Damascus to 11 from nine.

Emirates flies to 101 destinations across six continents and operates 127 aircraft.

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Samer 11 years ago

Since the crunch, I have significantly reduced my travels. But whenever I have no choice but to travel, I've been flying all but Emirates - and I am a Skywards gold btw. But if another carrier is offering Dhs 1800 for what EK wants to charge me Dhs 6000 - for the same sector; no loyalty program is good enough to justify paying over 200% more.

A frequent flier 11 years ago

As a frequent flier I totally agree with Samer-Dubai. Whilst I do fly EK when I can I am certainly not going to pay double prices the prices of other carriers. It would be interesting to know how EK justify their 'special or reduced' prices to USA and Canada as they are still at double compared to other European airlines. And 'no' it can't be the service factor as the EK service is at the best on par with the other carriers I am referring to.