Despite months of chaos, complaints and flight cancellations, Qantas and Virgin have been quietly almost doubling fares on some domestic routes and bumping up others significantly.
Market analysis by travel search engine Kayak has compared domestic airfares from all carriers in July with those of May, finding an average price of $409 which is an increase of 24 per cent.
Some routes have seen an increase of as much as 85 to 96 per cent.
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The most expensive domestic route is Gold Coast to Melbourne, with tickets becoming 96 per cent more expensive in two months.
Travellers heading from the Gold Coast to Sydney copped a 91 per cent increase, with a 90 per cent increase on Cairns to Brisbane fares, an 87 per cent increase on Adelaide to Melbourne fares, and an 85 per cent increase on Darwin to Sydney fares.
The analysis looked at round-trip economy flights, and used searches made on the Kayak website engaging hundreds of travel websites in the company’s global portfolio of brands including SWOODOO, checkfelix, momondo, Cheapflights, Mundi and HotelsCombined.
The fare increases had been expected, with Qantas and Virgin Australia last month saying they would pass on the cost of elevated oil prices to travellers to help the company recover from the loss.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said at the time that the company fuel bill would be $1.8 billion more than it was pre-pandemic.
“Qantas will respond to the high fuel prices by reducing capacity over July and August 2022 and increasing fares,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission wrote in its June airline competition report.