Data on flight booking websites showed an increase in average travel ticket prices to five Arab destinations, with rates exceeding 100% for direct flights from the UAE, in the first week of next July. , which coincides with the summer holidays for schools and the feast of Eid al-Adha.
The most wanted Arab destinations that Emirates Today monitored included the Egyptian cities of Cairo and Alexandria, Amman, Jordan, Beirut, Lebanon, and Casablanca, Morocco.
Travel agency officials told Emirates Today that ticket prices peaked on the fourth date of next July, expecting these increases to exceed 100% for final bookings. They advised travelers to adopt flexible travel dates to avoid these increases.
In detail, data on flight booking websites revealed an increase in average travel ticket prices to five Arab destinations, with rates exceeding 100%, for direct flights from the UAE market. in connection with summer vacations for schools and Eid. the feast of the Sacrifice.
The average price of a ticket to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, reached about 3,000 dirhams from July 1 to the eighth day of the same month, compared to about 1,500 dirhams for flights from June 12 to June 19, with a 100% increase .
The average ticket price to the Lebanese capital Beirut was 2,900 dirhams, compared to 1,400 dirhams, an increase of 107%.
The data of the survey conducted by “Emirates Today” include the prices of direct round-trip flights during the period from July 1, 2022 to the eighth of the same month, compared to the average prices for the same flights in the period from 12 to 19 June.
These tariffs, depending on availability, are less expensive and are different from the “flexible tariffs” that offer additional benefits.
Al-Faisal Travel and Tourism Agency Director General Yassin Diab said airline ticket prices began to rise gradually for flights coinciding with the start of the school holidays and the Eid al-Adha holiday, noting that prices reach the peak of them starting from the fourth date of next July.
Diab added that for bookings made early, ie two months ago, average prices were reasonable, but has been steadily rising since mid-May for flights coinciding with the beginning of July, noting that travel demand is still very strong, including in the usual Arab destinations where locals visit their families, as well as relatively close tourist destinations for vacations.
He noted that the increase in ticket prices for flights in early July next goes to about 100% for some destinations and may continue to grow to higher levels for future bookings, noting that demand during this period exceeds available seat offer.
For his part, the general manager of Al-Awadi travel company, Amin Al-Awadi, said that airline ticket prices began to gradually increase for flights coinciding with the first week of next July, a few weeks ago, with a large increase. Part of the demand focuses on travel during this period, noting that ticket prices vary from one destination to another, but are at very high rates.
Al-Awadi stated that airline ticket prices for this period will continue to rise in the coming days and may reach record levels for bookings made a few hours before the travel date, stressing the importance of early booking to avoid big hikes and early trips. planning.
And he showed that the increases are limited to a specific period of time coinciding with the start of the school holidays and the Eid al-Adha holiday, to later fall to their usual levels, noting that choosing flexible travel dates lowers the level of costs. significantly.
Also, the CEO of Belhasa Tourism Company, Narouz Sarkis, said that the increase in ticket prices could cross the 100% barrier in the following days for travel during the first week of next July, especially in some of the most sought after . -after destinations, noting that ticket prices for the Cairo destination can reach up to 4500 dirhams.
Sarkis showed that the higher the occupancy rate on flights, the higher the prices, indicating that travel costs can be reduced if customers opt for flexible travel dates away from peak hours.
He added that ticket prices to Cairo for flights starting from mid-July to the first week of August are between 40 and 50% lower compared to levels in the first week of July.
He expected a large number of flights during the peak period to record 100% full utilization rates, in light of high demand, noting that early booking is still the best way to get discounted fares for usual peak season trips.
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