Airfares in Australia soar as airlines come under pressure to add flights

Average ticket prices on Australian domestic flights in October were 27 per cent higher than before the pandemic, said a report by the country's consumer watchdog. PHOTO: REUTERS
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SYDNEY - Australian airlines are charging soaring prices for flights around the country, prompting calls for carriers to add flights and opening the way for new cheaper airlines to enter the market.

A report released by consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), found that average ticket prices on domestic flights in October were 27 per cent higher than before the Covid-19 pandemic. It said the biggest increases were for discounted economy class fares – the cheapest ticket prices – which have more than doubled since April.

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