New quarantine rules signal 'death knell' for UK-UAE route until at least March – experts

Flight bookings for February half-term holiday slump to just 21% of the equivalent volume at the same time last year

UK-UAE travel limitations are unlikely to be eased until at least March

Industry experts on Tuesday said a move by the UK to remove the UAE from its travel corridor will significantly slash travel between the countries during the normally busy winter season when thousands of Brits like to swap frozen temperatures for the warmth of Dubai.

“The announcement means that demand on the route will dry up almost completely,” said Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys. “The Tier 4 travel restrictions, forbidding all but essential trips, were already scuppering what was looking like a promising recovery in travel to the UAE.”

On December 18, the day before the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions, bookings from the UK to the UAE for the half-term holiday week of February 15 stood at 27 percent of the equivalent date in 2020, according to exclusive Forward Keys data.

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