The largest UAE and Gulf airlines are preparing accordingly ahead of the surge in demand during the growth period and during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Private jet operators are no exception.
UAE and Gulf airlines prepare for the World Cup
Dubai-based private aircraft operator Gitex has reported that it expects to operate an additional 2,500 flights to and from Doha, Qatar, during the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup. Accordingly, Jetex is preparing to meet and capitalize on the increase in demand.
Adel Mardini, CEO of Jetex, commented on the increasing levels of inquiries and interest they have received:
“We are getting a lot of inquiries and a lot of Dubai or Abu Dhabi will be making their base in these two months.”
Jetex is not the only private jet operator preparing for the major soccer tournament.
DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) is a German-based business aircraft operator with a privately owned business group in the United Arab Emirates headquartered in Dubai. The Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is strengthening its capacity in order to meet the expected increase in demand.
Managing Director Holger Ostemer said:
“We are facing a constant level of inquiries about travel from Dubai to Doha. DCAF will offer capacities on various sizes of aircraft, from small business jets with 4-6 seats to more cost-conscious customers, as well as in the large business jets class with 12-16 seats.”
Overall, Ostheimer said demand for charter planes has been strong due to a strong rebound in air travel and leisure traffic as a result.
Preparation is the key
Not surprisingly, transportation in and around Doha has experienced a huge rise in the number of booked passengers.
The International Football Championship is arguably the most anticipated sporting event on the calendar. Hosted every four years, the tournament brings football fans around the world together, each hoping that this will be the year their country brings back the Jules Rimet Trophy.
This year, the tournament is expected to attract more than 1.2 million fans, and due to the lack of accommodation in Doha, the majority of international fans will be based in the UAE and travel to Doha for matches. The UAE regional airlines also had to prepare to deal with this matter.
Air Arabia plans to operate an additional 14 shuttle flights per day from Sharjah to Doha. Etihad Airways will operate 42 weekly flights during the event compared to the current 18 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Doha. The biggest changes will be made by low-cost carrier flydubai, offering nearly 60 round-trip flights per day.
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