The great fares rip-off?
Ever noticed how cheap it is to get to Dubai – and how expensive it can be to get away? Kipp investigates the forces at work behind Emirates’ fares to and from Dubai.
September 2, 2010 4:00 by Katherine Azmeh
No, we didn’t think it was particularly illuminating either. But perhaps that’s because Emirates is not in the business of teaching Economics 101. A lack of competition among airlines departing Dubai and a wealth of competition departing European and North American cities are most likely the driving factors behind the glaring fare discrepancies noted above.
Of course it could be some clandestine effort by the Dubai government to keep people from leaving, but that’s a little far-fetched for us. We put it down to lack of competition, pure and simple. Though given Emirates silence on the matter, we might not know for sure until Al Maktoum International Airport reaches full capacity (along with the expansion of Abu Dhabi’s airport) and the UAE becomes a much more competitive environment.
At least we assume it will become more competitive – there’s always the possibility that Emirates will expand to fill the capacity, and will have even more scope to hike fares. For the sake of every expat, let’s hope not.
Emirates, first weekend in September
1. Dubai to Houston $1,113, Houston to Dubai $920.60
2. Dubai to London $752, London to Dubai $587
3. Dubai to Paris $1,550, Paris to Dubai $642
4. Dubai to Rome $1,550, Rome to Dubai $550
5. Dubai to New York $1,339, New York, to Dubai $830.10
6. Dubai to Frankfurt $752.40, Frankfurt to Dubai $711
British Airways, first weekend in September
1. London to Rome $291, Rome to London $183
2. London to New York $1,031, New York to London $1092
3. London to Houston $1,249, Houston to London $1389
4. London to Paris $94, Paris to London $97
5. London to Frankfurt $92, Frankfurt to London $82
6. London to Dubai $2,585, Dubai to London $617