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Airfares skyrocket as people look to get away this holiday season



Airfares skyrocket

Airfares skyrocket as both fuel prices and demand reach record levels

It’s that time of year, when everyone wants to get away and enjoy the festive season.

But if you’re looking to get on a plane, be prepared to pay a whole lot more.

Airfares have skyrocketed and, unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Watchdog’s recent review found ticket prices are around 27 per cent higher than they were just 12 months ago.

As an example, fares from Adelaide to Gold Coast are up 156 per cent from $374 to $958, while Melbourne to Perth is 146 per cent higher, sitting at $1078.

Now, Qantas boss Alan Joyce has commented on the price hike.

Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, Joyce said the sky-high fares are due to a rang of factors including increasing fuel prices.

Fuel prices skyrocket

The airline’s fuel bill in the year-to-date has hit $5 billion mark – the biggest fuel bill the company’s ever had.

On top of this is the unprecedented consumer demand.

Understandably, following two years of Covid lockdowns and restrictions, people are desperate to get away on that long-awaited holiday.

“It’s at unbelievable levels internationally and domestically because people were locked up for so long,” Joyce said.

While this can be expected, no one predicted just how rapidly demand would rebound to exceed 2019 levels.

“Supply is difficult because, like every airline, it’s been hard getting those aircraft back in the air and the combination means that air fares are higher,” Joyce said.

So is there an end in sight?

Well, supply chain issues should begin to ease in 2023.

“Airbus and Boeing are telling us the supply chain issues should be fixed by the end of next year, which will get more planes in the air and airfares will come down as a consequence of that.”

But, more broadly, the Qantas boss believes the global situation remains too volatile to predict. This is particularly true given the ongoing war in Ukraine.

So, for now, we’ll just have to get used to paying more for a getaway.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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