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Emirates cuts fares as fuel prices fall

Dubai-based carrier reduces passenger fares by up to 35% to destinations across the world.

Emirates has cut a number of its Business and Economy Class fares for tickets issued in the UAE, as fuel prices continued to soften.

Fares to more than a dozen destinations, including cities in India, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East have been included in the price reductions, Emirates announced on Wednesday.

The latest move will see fares reduced by between seven and 35 per cent on selected flights, including Amman, Damascus, Bangkok, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Paris, Colombo, Cochin, Delhi, Frankfurt, Munich, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Zurich.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ senior vice president, Commercial Operations - Gulf, Middle East and Iran, said: “Demand for Emirates’ flights has remained robust, but we are glad to be able to introduce further fare revisions in tandem with the lowering fuel prices.

“Emirates is monitoring the situation closely. While we continue to provide a high-quality service and product, we are also working hard to keep our unit costs down so that we can keep on delivering the best value proposition to our customers.”

In August, Emirates announced its first fare revision on the back of lowering oil prices for tickets issued in Middle East and GCC markets to more than 20 cities in Europe, Far East and the Middle East.

Based in Dubai, Emirates operates flights to 101 cities across six continents.

On October 26, the airline will start non-stop services between Dubai and Los Angeles, three times a week.

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Graham Plater 11 years ago

I'm all for reducing the cost of air travel, but - why should Emirates only reduce the price of tickets bought in the UAE? The price of fuel has also fallen sharply in Europe, therefore they could also lower the price of flights bought elsewhere..........

Jon 11 years ago

To Graham: Emirates fares for flights starting in Dubai have been typically higher for the same route, if started in the country of destination to Dubai. Despite being a gold card holder, I stopped flying Emirates 6 months ago due to their crazy prices; with quality alternatives such as Etihad, Singapore Airlines etc being upto USD 2,000 cheaper on business class fares on the same routes. I suspect a lot of other people did the same and Emirates saw its load factor for flights starting in DXB drop. This is just another marketing stunt to get people back on EK following their previous astronomical fare increases.

Kate 11 years ago

I note that Emirates busiest route (LHR) has not been included in the price drop

Salim ALSuwaidi 11 years ago

To Jon, To be honest, I did not fly Emirates long time but i was following the prices between airlines and Emirates was the highest, and rather than flying Emirates i found that Etihad Airways Did not Raise ticketing prices like other airlines, So i started flying with Etihad And I enjoyed flying with them, But Emirates Now Beats Many Rivals for Having the A380, I mean the worst place u wanna fly long haul is in Economy, but in A380 economy is much more enhanced, I was very comfortable sitting in Economy, enough leg room, since they dedicated the lower floor of A380 to Economy they thought of a good way to get much attention on Economy, Anyway I think Etihad will also be better than Emirates in the Future but they will need time.

Salim ALSuwaidi 11 years ago

I checked the Fares, They didnt drop the cost at some of major destinations at all, not a single dirham was down, I dont think anyway they are willing to lower prices in Hot Destination