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Higher air fares during Eid holidays hit travellers in Oman

Majority of popular tourist destination options have either been taken or are priced so high that it has made it impossible for many to travel.



Holidaymakers who have waited until the last minute to book flights for the Eid break will probably end up paying more than 200 to 300 per cent for their ticket, according to travel agents in the Sultanate.

Soon after the holiday announcement came from Oman’s state news agency last week, residents are making last-minute efforts to set their plans for the five-day holiday.

Holidays for public sector employees begin on Thursday, June 14, and end on Monday, June 18. Work will resume on June 19, 2018.

Citing example of the high air fares, a travel agent said a return ticket to Trivandrum costs around RO 120 on a normal day, but if you want to fly on June 13 and return on June 18, you have to pay around RO 265.

“One of the reason why it is so high is because the Eid holidays coincide with the school vacations and most of the parents prefer going for their annual leave during this time,” said Arun Aravind, Retail Sales and Operations Manager at Fahad Express.

“I travelled to Kochi last month and the ticket price was only RO 120 and now it is touching nearly RO 300 for the same sector. I even checked the connecting flights via Dubai and that is expensive too,” said Gokul, an Indian expat who is working in Muscat. Gokul is among the scores of expats planning to travel with their families to celebrate Eid back home, but may have to postpone their plans because of the steep hike in fares.

Bosnia calling
According to Arun, besides the regular destinations, there is a huge demand for Bosnia this time. “There is an overwhelming response to Bosnia. We at Fahad Express has got special packages to Bosnia. We are offering a seven-night stay which includes hotel stay and tour for RO 279,” Arun explained.

“We also have packages for Scotland, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, London, Spain and of course Salalah,” Arun added.