Flight prices drop as coronavirus cases grow
As coronavirus concerns continue, it's hard to ignore the crazy-low flight prices that are currently available.
The virus has spread from Wuhan, China, to Europe - Italy being the most dramatically affected European country - and the UAE has also reported several cases.
Kuwait and Bahrain have just reported their first cases, with the UAE's coronavirus cases sitting at 13. Oman also reported its first case on Tuesday.
UAE flights to and from Iran have been suspended - apart from Tehran routes, while Bahrain has suspended flights to and from Dubai and Sharjah. Authorities in the UAE have said all passengers arriving from Tehran will be screened, in efforts to prevent the spread.
Iran authorities have ordered cancellation of public gatherings including concerts, football matches, closure of schools and universities - all as precautionary measures.
The virus has affected travel demand, as airlines see reduced demand - which seemingly has affected prices for flights to and from the UAE.
A cursory look on Skyscanner.net - a flight aggregator - shows 20 countries for less than AED1,000 (departing next Thursday).
Flights to and from:
- United Kingdom are available at approximately AED927
- Denmark is costing AED945
- Flights to Kozhikode and Kochi are pricing at around AED600
- Beirut is AED755
- Azerbaijan for AED827
- Georgia is available for AED909
- Germany is AED987
It's also worth noting that Wizz Air has added services on various routes, offering cheaper flights than the Gulf carriers, ahead of its opening an Abu Dhabi arm of the Hungarian airline.