Sky high prices: Airlines jack up cost of interstate travel and it’s now more than $1,300 to fly from Sydney to Melbourne and almost $3,000 from Victoria to Queensland
- Aussie airlines have exponentially increased the price of interstate flights
- Return trips between Sydney and Melbourne are normally be as low as $100
- It now costs more than $1,304 to fly between Australia’s two biggest cities
- Return from Melbourne to Cairns is $3,268 while Brisbane to Sydney is $1,730
- The limited amount of flights means they are more expensive for airlines to run
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Australian airlines have jacked up the cost of interstate travel to make up for lost revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Skyscanner the only direct flights from Sydney to Melbourne leaving on May 28 and returning on June 4 are with Qantas and cost a total of $1,304.
Flying from Sydney to Brisbane and back now costs $1,730 on the same dates flying with Qantas then Jetstar on the return.
Those hoping to travel from Perth to Sydney will have to pay $1,875 if they want to fly next week.
To get from Melbourne to Cairns, travellers would have to fly with a mix of Qantas, Airnorth and Fly Corporate and pay $3,268.
The Sydney Harbour bridge and Opera House at dusk. Return flights from Sydney to Melbourne, which are normally as low as $100, now cost upwards of $1,300 between May 28 and June 4.
With lockdown and travel restrictions in place, demand for flying has decreased resulting in a drastic fall in the number of flights in between Australian cities.
Some states have also imposed borders restrictions making interstate travel less attractive and more expensive.
NSW, Victoria and the ACT have no border restrictions, and travellers are free to move between them without quarantining.
However Queensland have closed its borders to the other states and only freight, essential workers and those travelling on business are allowed in.
There are also exemptions for those with court orders and medical appointments, and special exceptions will be made on compassionate grounds.
Even if you have permission to travel to Queensland from Victoria those wanting to go to Brisbane from Melbourne next week would have to pay a whopping $3,206.
A tram goes by Flinders Street Station in Melbourne. NSW, Victoria and the ACT have no border restrictions, which is why flights between these locations are more abundant, although they are still expensive
People swimming at Streets Beach in Brisbane, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Queensland has introduced border restrictions on non-essential travel, which has resulted in limited flights running in and out of the state
Western Australia has similar bans on non-essential travel, which has resulted in limited flights in and out of the state.
To fly with Qantas from Melbourne to Perth on May 26 and return on June 2 will set you back $660.
Both essential and non-essential travellers are permitted to enter the Northern Territory however non-essential travellers have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Going from Sydney to Darwin with Qantas and Airnorth on May 26 and return on June 1 costs $1,798 due to limited journeys each week.
Like the NT, South Australia and Tasmania both allow non-essential travellers to enter the state on the condition that they self quarantine.
As a result, limited return flights from Hobart to Sydney cost $1,000 while those between Sydney and Adelaide are not as inflated and cost $224 both ways.
An aerial view of Cairns in north Queensland. Limited return flights from Melbourne to Cairns now cost $3,000
FLIGHT PRICES DURING COVID-19
Sydney to Melbourne, return with Qantas, May 29 to June 3: $1,304
Sydney to Brisbane, outbound with Qantas and inbound with Jetstar, May 27 to June 5: $1,730
Melbourne to Brisbane, return with Qantas, May 28 to June 2: $3,206
Melbourne to Cairns, return with Qantas, Airnorth and Fly Corporate, May 28 to June 3: $3,268
Melbourne to Perth, return with Qantas, May 26 to June 2: $660
Perth to Sydney, return with Qantas, May 26 to June 5: $1,875
Sydney to Darwin, Qantas and Airnorth, May 26 to June 1: $1,798