The cost of the holidays in the UAE decreased by 20%. In October and November the operators had to publish a lot of special offers due to the increase of the air transportation to the country almost in two times. The decrease of the price has affected the segment of budget tours.

According to the Russian tour operators, the volume of the air transportation from Moscow to the UAE has grown by 40% in comparison with the same period of last year. Transaero has increased its volumes considerably. Aeroflot will keep the volumes to Dubai as last year.

In addition to the Russian air carriers, low cost company Air Arabia has launched the flights Moscow-Sharjah-Moscow. The flights are operated 3 times a week on Airbus 320. Starting from October 29, 2011 the company will fly to Yekaterinburg twice a week.

The activization of Emirates destination is connected with an unstable demand for the tours to Egypt. “Now the volume of the air transportation to Egypt is for 60% less than 2 years ago. That’s why all the efforts of the tour operators and airlines are transferred to the UAE,” says Gennady Kosarev, Deputy Head of Russian Express.

According to the experts the excess of the air transportation can be sensed even now. As noted Oksana Ivanchenkova from IntAer, it was possible to have holidays in the country for 620 USD per week (2 persons) for the dates of October 11, 14 and 18. The similar prices are expected for the dates starting from November 8 till the middle of December. It may be well so that the operators will start reducing the New Year prices starting from the middle of November.

Nevertheless, the experts note that the dumping has affected only the budget segment of the accommodation in the Emirates.
Source: Atorus