By Neil Halligan
Travel agents say fares have dropped by as much as 30 percent
The drop in oil prices has led to cheaper air fares for UAE-based travellers this summer, according to a travel comparison website.
The National reports that Kayak, a price comparison website for travellers, found air fares from the UAE to Europe and US have fallen by up to 16 percent.
Compared to a year ago, fares to the US and Europe next month have dropped by 14 and 16 percent, according to research by Kayak.
Travel agents, however, have reported a much bigger fall in prices, thanks to competitive promotions carried out by various Gulf carriers.
“I would say ticket prices have fell by 30 percent this year. Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are particularly aggressive with promotions to destinations such as London, Bangkok, and Amman,” Nirmala John, a travel consultant at Orient House Travel and Tourism, told The National.
Last January, Emirates’ CEO Sir Tim Clark said the falling price of fuel meant the airline was carrying out a review of its pricing structure, which he said would be implemented by April.
International Air Transport Association said oil prices will lead to 5.1 percent drop on average in airfares this year.