Airfares to few popular holiday destinations have been on the rise recently, with more nationals and residents alike seeking to travel during the Eid Al Fitr celebrations.
Although Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr air travel still continue to be far behind pre-pandemic levels for most GCC countries, inbound travel has now become faster.
With the Eid celebrations having begun, several travel restrictions have been already removed in the region, and across the globe, and more people are looking to take advantage of the long Eid break for travelling purposes.
The General Manager of Happy Dreams Travels, Irfan Omer, fares have grown by 30 to 35 percent (in comparison to usual fares) for flights to top destinations owing to high demand.
As per reports in the media, the least expensive flights from Doha to Dubai usually charge QR790 to QR1050 usually, but now, the same route has grown to QR1170 to more than QR2000.
Currently, and in the coming days, airfares will be higher for London, Istanbul and Dubai flights. While Maldives continues to be attractive owing to travel costs, Beirut and Muscat are also drawing considerable interest.
Medical trips to Thailand remain on the rise, making the country one of the most popular destinations for travellers from Qatar.
Georgia, Turkiye, Dubai, Thailand and Schengen Area are the most popular in the past few years.
“Request for the Maldives has been good because the travel package has not increased much, and the weather is good now. Lebanon and Oman are also doing okay, as the fares are almost the same and close to Qatar. Kuwait also has a little demand compared to before. However, despite the rise in fares, the cities like London, Dubai, Bangkok and Istanbul remain attractive to travellers,” he added.
Given, Qatar’s strategic location, that the country is only six to seven hours away from all major international travel hubs, it makes travel easier for people who are on the look-out for tourist spots.