From July 15, Indians will be able to fly to Dubai and start booking tickets now. However, only certain routes from India will be operational, as the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has maintained its status quo on the indefinite suspension of inbound passengers from India until see you again, according to the Khaleej Times.
Travel from India was suspended on April 24 due to the Covid-19 Delta variant which fueled the second wave of the pandemic. Since then, the decision to lift the flight suspension has undergone many changes and the flights were scheduled to start on July 15.
However, scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020, due to the pandemic. But special international flights have been operated as part of the Vande Bharat mission since May 2020 and under bilateral “air bubble” agreements with certain countries since July 2020.
India has made air bubble pacts with around 24 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Bhutan and France. As part of an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories.
Emirates economy and first class tickets are already sold out. While the Emirates business class ticket price for July 15 is Rs 105,852, the cost of Vistara business class is Rs 45,141 for the 9pm flight and Rs 79,648 for the 7:30 pm flight. And in economy, ticket prices are Rs 58,507 and Rs 23,077 at Emirates and Vistara, respectively. The Lufthansa flight costs around Rs 3.9 lakh on July 15, according to the rates on makemytrip.com.
On July 16, the website shows more flight options – Emirates (Rs 39,238), IndiGo (Rs 15,607, Rs 23,587, Rs 19,399), Vistara (Rs 10,902, Rs 16,992 and Rs 19,269 ), Air India Express (Rs 14,804), Flydubai (Rs 23,404), Spicejet (Rs 46,918), Qatar Airways (Rs 65,369) and Lufthansa (Rs 3,89,690).
From Mumbai on July 15, Vistara airline costs Rs 21,776 and Rs 20,507. Indigo Airlines has also opened reservations on its website with fares from Mumbai starting at Rs 21,767 for a connecting flight and from Rs 23,402 for a direct flight on July 16.