Demand for flights to Qatar has soared in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup 2022, which will be held there in November and December, according to a study issued on Tuesday. Forward Keys, a travel industry research firm, reported a tenfold surge in flight bookings to Qatar from the United Arab Emirates and nine other countries following the epidemic. Read on for more information on the FIFA World Cup 2022!
FIFA World Cup 2022 | World Cup flights from Dubai to Qatar are on the rise
They were 103 times higher in 2018 than in 2016, the year before the UAE joined other Arab countries in a blockade of Qatar, which stopped direct flights. The boycott ended in early 2021. This is even though travelers entering Qatar must present documentation of a negative COVID-19 test.
According to ForwardKeys, air traffic across the Gulf will increase, with early World Cup ticket sales growing by 61% and bookings to the region increasing by 16% before 2019. Due to fan interest in the event, visitors staying at least two nights in Qatar and another two nights in another Gulf country will climb sixteenfold from pre-pandemic levels.
The majority, 26%, come from the United States, with Canadians (10%) and Britons (9%) following closely behind. Qatar Tourism had 31,123 hotel rooms in the country at the end of the first quarter. According to the World Cup organizers in Qatar, FIFA has allocated 80 percent of the hotel rooms for players, guests, and officials.
The market may anticipate FIFA releasing rooms it will not utilize in the coming weeks. OAG, a travel data supplier, stated that Dubai had 115,000 hotel rooms and 25,000 rental units this week. According to OAG data, when Qatar Airways and flydubai merge, there will be more than five times as many flights per day between Dubai and Qatar than there were previously.