Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has passed a new resolution canceling fees imposed on airline agents and offices. The full details will be published in Dubai’s Official Gazette.
Airline agent fees abolished
Resolution No. (32) of 2022 will cancel fees paid by airline agents and offices operating in Dubai. The new resolution is effective immediately.
Since March 12th, 1985, airline agents and offices in the country have had to pay fees, while Dubai added further regulations as part of Resolution No. (4) in 1998.
The fees have been canceled with immediate effect. Photo: Getty Images.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, issued the resolution on Monday.
The full details of Resolution No. (32) of 2022 will be revealed in Dubai Official Gazette, the Government of Dubai’s official legal publication.
For a more in-depth look at some of the fees airlines have to pay, check out Simple Flying’s guide on the cost of flying.
Travel fares on the rise
Fares in Dubai to leading leisure destinations could rise by up to 80% over the summer. Many airlines are yet to return to their full pre-pandemic capacity as demand for air travel shoots up.
Avinash Adnani, managing director of Pluto Travels, told the Khaleej Times,
“Seats are limited and demand is outstripping supply. Airlines are not operating to their full capacity. For example, Emirates is operating at nearly 80 per cent of its pre-pandemic capacity. Similarly, other airlines are also not operating at full capacity, hence, demand is not able to meet the supply. As a result, airfares are definitely going to up further.”
Dubai gears up for busy summer
As many popular travel destinations open up their borders, travelers in Dubai are eager to jet out for the summer. Top getaways, such as Thailand, Bali and Singapore, are now open to UAE nationals.
Approximately 2.4 million passengers will pass through Dubai International Airport between June 24th and July 4th at an average of 214,000 passengers a day.
Airlines in Dubai are struggling to keep up with demand. Photo: Getty Images
“Demand has reached almost pre-pandemic level but supply has not reached that level yet. So book it now because any further delays mean a bigger hole in the travellers’ pocket.”
The upcoming Eid Al Adha and summer school holidays have only further fueled demand, with daily footfall expected to exceed 235,000 travelers.
Dubai Airports, which manages both international airports in Dubai, issued a travel advisory last week warning of “exceptionally busy” weeks ahead.
Do you have any trips from Dubai coming up? Did you notice a difference in the price of fares? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Khaleej Times