The prices of flights between Sydney and Melbourne are set to plummet in time for the July school holidays as airlines lure customers back after the COVID-19 crisis. Over the past two months, one-way tickets between the two cities have surged to as much as $1,600 after Australian airlines jacked prices to make up for lost revenue during the pandemic. But reasonable fares are on the horizon as airlines adjust their prices to reflect eased travel restrictions.
(Image: [[|]]) Domestic travel is set to become more affordable by July after months of exorbitant airfares due to the coronavirus lockdown
And with the border between NSW and Victoria the only one open in Australia, the price drop is great news for residents seeking an interstate trip during the school holidays. In July, Virgin is selling one-way tickets between Sydney and Melbourne from $165 while Qantas flights start at $160 and Jetstar at $79. While Qantas and Virgin are currently advertising frequent flights between Sydney and telegra.ph Melbourne for that period, their schedules will be reduced in coming days to reflect demand. However, any tickets purchased will be honoured and passengers will be shifted onto the next available flight.
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Industry experts say if you can be flexible with dates, now is an ideal time to snatch up a cheaper airfare. Neil Hansford of Strategic Aviation Solutions said he believes travel in Australia will be on the upswing by July. 'By that time business activity will have picked up and there will be this backlog [of demand],' he told Mr Hansford said while future flight schedules may change, the price paid for tickets will be locked in.