Effects of recession on travel industry

I was travelling from Dubai to Lahore. It was a Boeing 777 of PIA, which has a seating capacity of around 400 passengers. However, I was surprised to see that about one-third of the seats were occupied whereas rest of the aircraft was empty. On the other hand, price of the ticket was much lower than what I had paid in December 2008 for the same route.

Dubai and other UAE Emirates are occupied by a huge number of Pakistani expatriates and usually it takes lot of efforts in getting the air tickets in reasonable time. Due to the ongoing economical recession, now there are very few people travelling between UAE and Pakistan. Dubai airport was also 10% occupied as compared with its occupancy in the recent past before this recession. We can’t say that when this period will end but let us hope for the best.

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