QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1684 posts, RR: 7 Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2796 times:
Quoting acalikk (Thread starter): UA976/UA977 IAD-DXB-IAD frequency change in Sep 2nd -Sep 12 5x a week.. and i was told it was because of Ramadan..? anyone know what ramadan has anything to do with UA's freqency??
Ramadan is pretty known to be the really low season in travel in the Muslim world. QR even decreases a few of the multi-daily Arabian Gulf shuttles.
elmothehobo From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1524 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2408 times:
Quoting acalikk (Thread starter): and i was told it was because of Ramadan..? anyone know what ramadan has anything to do with UA's freqency??
Because halfway through Ramadan people get tired and hungry, and the last thing they'd want to do is sit in the back of a plane for a 15 hour flight
It's twofold: Some Muslims curtail non-essential travel during Ramadan, it is also a turn off for (non-Muslim) tourists, because in most of the Muslim world many of the shops, restaurants and many other attractions are closed throughout the day and do not open until after the iftar (which is more less after dusk).
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23495 posts, RR: 50 Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
Having lived and worked in the region during period of Ramadan business travel drops as many businesses have reduced hours.
There is travel associated with Ramadan but it typically at the end for Eid when people go off for a few days with families and things a very quiet business wise and in many countries these days are also public holiday, where schools and government offices are close for the entire period of the celebrations.
Simply put, Ramadan is a period that much social and business activity takes a back seat and this affects travel demand.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1626 posts, RR: 11 Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
Quoting acalikk (Reply 3): i can understand the shops and restaurants being closed can lower interest for travel.. but Islam lets you break your fasting during travel....
True. But most Muslims prefer to spend Ramadan at home, rather then spending it on holiday. Over the next few years, as Ramadan comes during summer, a lot of the leisure-heavy routes from the Gulf (to LON, BEY, CAI, CDG) will be affected, as fewer people would choose to travel abroad during that time.