Mangaluru: Dubai flight charges hurt people returning after Covid lay off  

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Nov 8: Those who were waiting to travel to Gulf countries including Dubai after a long Covid-induced gap are in for a shock as flight charges have gone up 200 percent. On November 6, ticket prices to Dubai from Mangaluru, Bengaluru and Goa stood at Rs 21,000, 22,000, Rs 28,000 and Rs 31,000 on November 7 and Rs 38,000 to Rs 50,000 on November 8.

Before Covid, ticket prices to Kuwait stood at Rs 13,000 but the cost has now gone up to Rs 1.3 lac. If they stay back, they risk losing their jobs. All the airlines are trying to make good the losses they suffered during the Covid period and they are sucking the blood of workers going to the Gulf, says a travel agent from here.

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People who came back during the lockdown and got stuck, are returning to jobs now. Airlines are reaping benefits out of their predicament. Another travel agent predicts that these prices will prevail for two months and that those who are not in a hurry to fly can wait for prices to fall.

In the past, people from Mangaluru used to take flights from Kannur, Bengaluru, Kochi, Goa etc to avoid paying high ticket prices. But this time, the prices have gone up there too. Because of compulsory Covid tests, the passengers have to reach the airports five hours in advance.







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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Nov 10 2021

    Since December is the peak time for holidays ,prices too are too high.When someone want to go on holidays in December start to book two months before.Thats what we do here.Only thing is have to be sure of your holidays.Suppose when we want a urgent holidays it is so difficult .Have to get down and pick another flight,wait everywhere atleast four hours,makes when we reach mangalore like a world tour.down with all our strength.And now with all these tests .and prices.feel dont want to travel.our mangalore air port is like a Goshala I feel total out of the the world.No proper connections anywhere.Except to Gulf countries.

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  • Roshal, Mlore/Bahrain

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    People are finding alternate routes, like Srilankan airlines n other Airlines rather than Indian Air lines to avoid huge price gap.

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  • Lanlara, Karkala

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    The prices shown here only apply to the Indian market, not to any other region. In India however, if the price of petrol or any other item goes up they do not care about because all of them are in Andh Bhakth and are in an alcoholic mood.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Why cannot some enterprising entrepreneur start cruise ship from Mangaluru to Dubai, Abu Dubai and Kuwait? It will be less than 2 days journey, costs much less than 5000 rupees!! Great business idea!! Imagine families travelling together and money saved!! I'm open to partnerships :-)

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  • Norman Rego, Moodbidri

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    I completely agree on your point but thinking practically, it is literally impossible as the capital investment is sky rocket high and all the licences and employee recruitment will cost a lot with zero return on investment for decades and that would be running the trips on loss when the ship would be not fully booked So don't think any sensible entrepreneur with logic and common sense would even consider this P.s. if there's underbooking cost will shoot high

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Our local leaders have slept and kept their eyes closed. There was a regular flight from Mangalore-Muscat on Thursday and Sunday during a pandemic. Before the pandemic, there was one more on Tuesdays. Total three flights were there. Now once the news of the TATA takeover Mangalore is getting relegated. Every day the transit place is changing. Before it was a direct flight. The flights for December are scheduled as Muscat-Vijayawada-Mangalore. People have to travel three more hours to reach Mangalore. Even Bangalore is not a transit point . What a tragedy the Mangaloreana have reached. If Andhra can divert a flight from Muscat to Vijayawada and then Mangalore, what will be the plight of other flights from Mangalore. Maybe Kannur or Calicutn are better airports for Mangaloreans in future, as there are direct flights and cheaper also.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    This is the result of India not opening international travel to pre Covid stage. GULF sector is one of the most lucrative and profit making sectors for all airlines especially the big 3 from gulf Emirates, Qatar and Etihad. They make up for the loses in other international routes from India sector. Now became the ban is not lifted yet, seats available per week are less than 20% of what it used to be. Airlines are seizing this opportunity to cash in on the loses during Covid time. Once the border opens for regular flights, rates will come down and stabilize. Till then,...

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  • Sumith, Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    if we try to book a ticket one day before traveling obviously ticket prices will be too expensive. And just checked , Dubai tickets are available at 22k to 35k in the month of November. Kuwait tickets are available at 30-40k in November it's not 1.3lk maybe it's for a business class ticket.

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  • Abdul, Vidya Nagar, Kasaragod.

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Welcome to Kerala airport, cheep and good respect. Calicut airport daily 5 flight to Sharjha and 2 flight to Abudhabi oparating Air Arabia.

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  • Raju, Karkala

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Acche din aagaye.

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  • AP, Mangalapuram

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Keralites are always united and known for standing with common man issues.....DK people only interested and united in communal arguments, beef politics, and least bothered about public issues like airlines fleecing the common man.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    For Kerala, Gulf is the only source of income or their main source of Income. If Gulf collapses so will gods own country. 50 % of their working population is in gulf. 10 % in Blore , 20 % in rest of the country. Only 10-20% might be left in the state. Thanks to Lal Salaam , no jobs in the state. Gufies are their main source of income in terms of expenditures , investment on houses or remittance. So it makes sense to them to save at leasy one business sector from Laal salaam for the sake of survival.

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  • Aam Aadmi, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Cant the government step in and put a maximum price on the flight tickets? Oops I forgot that this government is sold out to corporates.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Government is Sleeping ...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Still sleeping Jossa sir ? Please sprinkle chilled water on govt to wake up from hibernation....🤣🤣

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Cynthia, Chilly Water 🤣

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    Yes...Jossey sir....aayi ga....mirchi pannee feknaar kaay ? 🌶🌶🌶 🌶 Huuuuu...... Ok ...splash on them....

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  • Sunil Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 11 2021

    Kai ga thu Marathi muli ahe ka....Marathi kashe bolthil

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  • Nice, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    The government is not sleeping Buddy , Why blame the government when i was the one to reinstate the Them 🙁. Anyone who has to be blamed is me.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    These Airlines are vultures lurking for preys..... Where is KBR he could start shipping services to gulf from Ullal...... ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Chetan. S, Mangaluru India

    Tue, Nov 09 2021

    The govt of the day is responsible for these blackmailing techniques, Bring Army Rule and see a better india.

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