Travel agencies revealed for “Emirates Today” that the average plane ticket prices for summer reservations are up to 60% higher compared to the summer 2019 levels before the “Covid-19” pandemic, while the average value of hotel reservations is proven. an increase of 55%.
She explained that the available supply of seats on flights has not yet reached pre-pandemic levels, while demand is marking a significant increase, while most of it is expected to focus on the school holidays and the Eid al-Adha holiday. .
And the officials of these agencies advised to adopt flexible dates during bookings, to get the best prices and to stay away from peak hours, emphasizing that early ticket booking remains the best way to get the lowest prices .
Mamoun Humaidan, General Manager of Wego, which specializes in travel services and online booking for the Middle East, North Africa and India, said the travel and tourism sector is witnessing a tremendous recovery as people are back again to travel.
He added, “Our data show that travelers are looking to spend more and book more leisure travel this year, and we also see travelers opting for comprehensive leisure travel, which gives them an experience safe travel during the pandemic. “
Humaidan continued, “Our data show that the average booking value of summer flights to and from the UAE market has increased by 57% compared to the same period of 2019, and the average value of hotel bookings has increased by 55% compared to 2019. “
He noted that 2022 saw an increase in demand for flight research in the UAE, as it recorded a 104% increase in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019, noting that countries leading the research were Saudi Arabia with 23%, India followed with 22%, followed by Egypt and Kuwait with 8% each and Oman with 2%.
Humaidan stated that the total travel time for travelers to the Middle East and North Africa countries increased by 32%, to a stay of four to seven days, noting that individuals led the search with 74%, followed by spouses by 14.%, and families by 8%.
He said four-star hotels led with 35 per cent, followed by five-star hotels with 23 per cent.
For his part, the general manager of the Al-Awadi tourism company, Amin Al-Awadi, said that the average plane ticket prices for summer reservations are up to 60% higher, compared to the summer levels of 2019 before pandemic. noting that demand is marking a significant increase, especially at some stations, which have returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Al-Awadi added that, in light of this high demand, the capacity of occupied seats by airlines is still lower than pre-pandemic levels, and therefore there is less supply reflected in average prices, in addition to the significant increase of fuel costs. , and air carriers forced to adjust prices to cover operating costs.
Al-Awadi explained that the demand for airline tickets during the summer includes different stations, in light of the desire of a large percentage of people to travel, regardless of costs, indicating that demand begins to grow at large levels, starting with the holidays school and the feast of Eid al-Adha.
Al-Awadi warned that prices would be too high for bookings made a few days before the travel date.
Feast of Eid al-Adha
In the same context, the executive vice president of Al-Rais Travel Company, Muhammad Jassim Al-Rais, said that the supply of available seats on flights has not yet reached pre-pandemic levels, while demand is growing significantly. while most are expected to be concentrated.Together with the school holidays and the feast of Eid al-Adha.
He stressed that this would contribute to a significant increase in air ticket prices during the summer season, in light of the expected demand indicators.
Al-Rayes stated that airline ticket prices may approach or exceed the levels recorded during the last Eid al-Fitr holiday, indicating that the state of thirst for travel, whether for tourism or for family visits, is still evident. . He said that most of the reservations during the last Eid al-Fitr holiday were individual, but we expect a large demand for family reservations during the summer.
Al-Rais continued: “Unlike the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which was limited to a few days, the upcoming summer holidays are long, which can last about two months, and therefore traders wishing to travel must to approve flexible dates while making reservations, to get the best prices and to stay away from peak hours during seasons, holidays, weekends, etc. ”, noting that early booking of tickets remains the best way to get the lowest prices.
• Mohammed Al Rayes:
“Early ticket booking remains the best way to get the lowest prices.”
• Mamoun Humaidan:
“Travelers opt for comprehensive leisure travel that gives them a safe travel experience.”
• Amin Al-Awadi:
“Prices are at high levels for reservations made a few days before the travel date.”
An increase in demand for flight research in the UAE during the first quarter of 2022.
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