Flight bookings from UK surge as travellers expect Dubai to be added to green list
Flight bookings from UK surge as travellers expect Dubai to be added to green list

Flight bookings from UK surge as travellers expect Dubai to be added to green list

Flight bookings to Dubai from the UK have surged for August as holiday-makers are planning – and hoping! – that the UAE will be placed on the country’s green list.

Bookings between the UK and Dubai have more than doubled for the last week of August according to travel analyst ForwardKeys.

“Currently, air tickets issued for summer (June 1 – August 31) travel from the UK to Dubai are just 19.8 percent of 2019 levels,” Olivier Ponti from the company told The National.

“However, it appears there is confidence in the market that the UAE will not continue to be a red list destination throughout the period, because bookings for the last week of August are currently at 48.7 percent of 2019 levels.”

Reasons for hope?

The UAE should be off the UK’s red list travel ban soon according to Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said recently.

And his thoughts were echoed by the UAE’s ambassador to the UK.

“Summer is a key season for Emiratis and the hundreds of thousands of Britons living in the UAE to visit the UK,” he said.

“We hope to re-connect the families and friends separated by the pandemic, as well as resume the vital trade and tourism links between our countries.”

The UAE has been on the UK’s red list travel ban since mid-January, making travel next to impossible for over 150,000 Brits in Dubai. Flights are available for urgent travel, but visitors must quarantine after returning at a cost of £1,750 per person.

So are you getting ready to book your flight from Dubai to the UK?