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Outbound flights from India to UAE to get more expensive

Outbound flights from India will henceforth charge 5 to 7 percent more than usual, as the airlines try to mitigate the growing costs associated with weakening rupee value.


The Sales and Marketing Manager at Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau, Wency Rodrigues, said taxes and surcharges on flights out of India, will increase from now, as airlines try to deal with depreciating rupee.


In terms of airfares, there will be marginal increase over the next month, due to dipping Indian currency. In fact, airlines in the UAE are also considering increase on fuel surcharges, Rodrigues said.


The Managing Director at Dubai-based Lama Tours, Kulmant Singh said that taxes and surcharges would be increased by 5 to 7 percent. In the short-term, there will be an impact as fuel surcharge change, causing a rise in overall ticket fare.


Flydubai, leading low-cost airline, has already announced that there is a change in its fare due to the weakening Indian rupee.


However, both Singh and Rodrigues agreed that it is unlikely that airfares from UAE to India would be increased, despite fall in value of Rupee.


An official at Cleartrip.com said that outbound airfares are the same at the moment, and the availability of flights between India and Middle East will keep any price hikes under control.


Sigh further said that the rupee may hit travel costs in other airlines too, and that airlines may consider various options in mitigating operational costs, including additional charges in luggage allowance or changing for in-flight meals.

Posted on 26/8/2013

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