Flight reservations from the Emirates to India and Pakistan drop after travel ban restrictions


Dubai: Flight ticket bookings for travel from the United Arab Emirates to the Indian subcontinent have fallen by 70 percent since April 23 when the suspension of inbound flights from India was first announced, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Meanwhile, international bookings for the region (from the whole world) fell 47 percent over the same time period. Flights from India to the United Arab Emirates have been suspended until July 6, according to the latest update from an Indian airline. The UAE airlines have not yet announced any further extension of the suspension of flights.

UAE airlines are operating fewer flights to Pakistan in line with the latest travel guidance from the country – and this is valid until June 15. The number of flights from the UAE to the Indian subcontinent decreased by 48% from the beginning of April 2021 to the beginning of June 2021. Meanwhile, international flights to the Indian subcontinent (from the whole world) decreased by 41 percent from the beginning of April to the beginning of June 2021.

“The flow of traffic from India and the Indian subcontinent through the Middle East, to Europe and beyond has been one of the great successes of carriers in the region,” said Willie Walsh, Director General of the International Air Transport Association. “It is understood that some restrictions have been put in place, but again, the evidence shows that the situation is under control.”

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