Dubai runway repair raises air fares by 15%

May 31, 2014 12:48 am

Prices of air tickets from Dubai to popular destinations jumped by as much as 15% this summer, partly due to runway repairs at Dubai International, Gulf News has reported, citing industry experts. The airport’s 80-day runway closure is having a ripple effect on airfares in the region with 26% of capacity taken out one of the world’s busiest airports due to repair work. “We’re expecting a good 10 to 15 per cent increase on the most common routes where the inventory is decent,” Micky Bhatia, General Manager at Al Futtaim, told the daily. Airfares for airlines operating out of Doha and Abu Dhabi, homes to Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, respectively, are also seeing an increase as passengers look at alternatives to Dubai International, said Bhatia.