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No increase in one-way ticket purchases, say regional carriers

No increase in one-way ticket purchases, say regional carriers

Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Gulf Air claim the number of one-way tickets issued from the region has not...

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July 14, 2009 12:20 by



Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Gulf Air claim the number of one-way tickets issued from the region has not increased in recent weeks, reports Arabian Business. The Dubai-based business website called the airlines to investigate claims that expatriates are leaving the GCC in droves this summer.

“We do not provide a detailed breakdown on our ticket sales, but we can confirm that the number of one-way tickets being booked out of the region is no different than in previous years – accounting for less than 1 percent of total bookings,” a spokesperson for Dubai-based Emirates told Arabian Business.

Spokespeople for Etihad and Gulf Air issued similar statements.



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4 Comments

  1. On the road again... on July 15, 2009 8:39 am

    Of course there isn’t an increase in one-way tickets for expats. Everyone knows that (in some cases) a one-way ticket is almost the same price as a return, if not more expensive…

     
  2. The B on July 15, 2009 10:40 am

    And of course, people who have pending loans to pay will not like to arouse suspicion by taking a one-way ticket.

     
  3. James on July 15, 2009 2:39 pm

    Came back from London on an Emirates flight last week, the flight was 80& full but there were no more than 5 people actually come to the baggage collection. The rest were connecting… At least the baggage collection was quiet!

     
  4. Ali on July 16, 2009 3:25 pm

    Under the current circumstances, people may be opting for cheaper airlines options, which issue a one way ticket for each sector. Hard to tell..

     

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