By Lubna Hamdan
Dubai airline to charge fans more for travelling to Brazil during football tournament
Dubai's Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways have hiked up the prices of flights to Brazil during the World Cup next year by up to 70 percent, Arabian Business can reveal.
Return economy flights on Emirates between Dubai and Sao Paulo on June 10, just two days before the 2014 World Cup begins, are being sold for AED10,675 ($2,906) – a surge of nearly 70 percent on an identical trip made in March.
The airline has also raised its business class fares for travel during the event by 10 percent, to AED30,375.
Qatar Airways has also increased its economy class ticket prices by 40 percent from AED 6,095 to AED 8,435, and its business class prices by 14 percent from AED 23,075 to AED 26,255 (based on travel from Dubai to Sao Paulo in June).
Next year’s FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil between June 12 and July 13.
The hike in Emirates Airline fares comes despite the fact that the airline has been an “Official FIFA Worldwide Partner” since 2007. On its website, the airline says: “Emirates is looking forward to bringing fans closer to the game they love. South America is an important and growing market for Emirates…. Emirates looks forward to sharing the carnival atmosphere with all football fans at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”
Only UAE national carrier Etihad Airways, according to its website, is not raising prices for travel to Brazil during the tournament.
An Emirates spokesperson said: "The FIFA World Cup coincides with the peak summer travel season, and many
of our available seats to Brazil are already booked.
Like any company operating in a dynamic market environment, Emirates offers a
variety of fares that fluctuate throughout the year depending on the market
forces. Our fares are considered extremely competitive by travel agents and our
Qatar Airways did not reply when contacted by Arabian Business for comment.
*Prices are based on travel between Dubai and Sao Paulo on June 10, 2014, returning June 24 – compared to travel between Dubai and Sao Paulo on March 10, returning March 24.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
They are on their own!
Just stay home or go somewhere else instead of being enslaved into this system.
This is a complete non-story. Scrapping the bottom of the barrel or are you borrowing lines from another satirical website? What next Dubai Hotels and restaurants hike up hotel prices New Year's eve? 500% hike in room nights in Brazil during world cup. Having a lazy Sunday morning surfing the net...or what......?
I have been to South Africa in 2010 & trust me many people thought that the hotels (guest houses) in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth we expensive. These r the places which i have been to & most of the stadiums had Emirates stand where people brought their package deals through them....wanna guess there were max of 10 people in a tent for 200. South Africa domestic air travel also was cheaper, way cheaper than Brasil & the tickets to Latin American destinations from Dubai direct are a killer. Try flying through London & TAM is the best source connecting through Virgin, they would cost you 60% cheaper. Brasil is not a cheap place but if you want the world to come you cannot behave like Emirates & Qatar Airways. Good luck to them, I ain't going nowhere near them.
Have some compassion for the poor Emirates employees who have not received a bonus in 2 years despite massive company profits that were handed over to the government. A 1.5 per cent salary hike in 2013 and 3 per cent in 2012, while government employees receive 30-100 per cent! Surely the fares were increased to help their staff? Not.