West Australians could end up paying more to fly home to Perth after the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne than they pay to fly to London.
That was the story Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph yesterday, which said the cheapest one-way ticket on a direct Qantas flight from Melbourne to Perth on 4 October 2015 – the day after the Grand Final – was listed at AUD 1001.
A check of the Qantas website yesterday showed the cheapest fare had risen to AUD 1130 and business class flights on the same route for same date started at AUD 2630.
That’s a lot more that Western Australians would pay to book the cheapest flight from Perth to London on the same day, the paper pointed out, with Garuda Indonesia listing fares to London for AUD 761 or Etihad for AUD 783.
The paper said that based on the per kilometre price, flying home to Perth from the Grand Final direct with Qantas (36 cents a kilometre) was more than seven times the cost of the cheapest flight to London (5 cents a kilometre).
Hotels are booking up fast in Melbourne in advance of the big game, so that’s an additional expense.
A glance at booking websites yesterday showed Webjet was offering various one-way Qantas flights on that day, Melbourne to Perth, starting from AUD 673, but none were non-stop. All involved a stop somewhere, generally Sydney.
The high prices evoke the distant days of the 1980s, before Australian domestic flights were deregulated, when flying Sydney to Perth cost the same as flying to Hawaii.
The Daily Telegraph pointed out that prices were so high for the Grand Final, many footy fans planned to drive across the Nullarbor to Victoria and back again, if the right teams (from their perspective) made the Grand Final.
Written by Peter Needham