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Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Airfares to key destinations are believed to keep rising in the subcontinent thanks to the soaring travel demand as more residents are ready to fly during the Eid Al Adha holidays commencing from 31st August, 2017.
Sources from travel industry said that the airfares have more than doubled due to some factors, triggered mainly by a strong demand for seats from vacationers.
Tourists to some of the travel locales would be required to loosen their purse strings this holiday season, as revealed by some inquiries. For instance, a return economy class fare to Thiruvananthapuram in the south Indian state of Kerala would be almost QR5,300 for outbound travel on 31st August and inbound on 5th September.
The cheapest business class fare available in this sector is about QR8,300.
An industry source has revealed that until a few weeks ago it was available for half its price.
In order to fly directly to Colombo in Sri Lanka and back during this point of time, economy passengers would need to shell out QR3,000. On the other hand the passengers choosing the Sri Lankan capital would be required to be prepared to spend QR5,500.
The Karachi tickets in economy class have been priced in excess of QR3,300 and business class about QR6,70 during this time.
Emiri Diwan has declared that Eid holiday for ministries and other government entities would start on 31st August and end on 7th September. Employees would have to resume their work on 10th September after the weekend.
The travel industry experts are ready to welcome more tourists to the country after Qatar’s recent announcement spoke about granting visa-free entry to nationals from as many as 80 nations.
Citizens of nations like the UK, US, Canada, China, South Korea, Lebanon, Russia, Malaysia as well as the EU countries would not need to apply for a visa.
Instead, at the airport a multi-entry visa waiver would be issued when travellers present a valid passport as well as a confirmed return ticket.