Aviation

Budget airlines come under fire from football fans over ticket price hikes

Football fans have hit out at European budget airlines after observing a massive ticket price hike, following the release of the UEFA Europa League draw.

Travellers attempting to book tickets to Copenhagen, where Celtic FC and FC Copenhagen will play next year during the UEFA Europa League, were shocked to find flight prices had increased substantially from the original cost following a match draw.

In a tweet, one social media user said that within a couple of hours of starting their booking, flights to Copenhagen had increased ten times their original cost with Ryanair and easyJet.

Traveller Tommy Welsh said he found his $137 flights had jumped to an astonishing $1150 when trying to fly to Copenhagen. Other users said their flights had increased while in the process of making a booking.

But fears that football fans were being targeted and ripped off were seemingly put to rest by easyJet.

In a tweet, the airline clarified it operates a dynamic pricing system, meaning the more that customers book or are looking for flights, the more prices for tickets fluctuate.

The airline also clarified in a media statement that it does not “artificially increase ticket prices around sporting events”.

“Prices are led by a strong demand for some flights due to convenient scheduled flight times,” an easyJet spokesperson said.

“As with all airlines, our pricing is demand-led, which means that as more seats are booked on a flight the price will rise, so our fares start low and increase the closer it is to the date of departure.

“We believe our fares remain competitive in comparison to other airlines flying around the same time,” the airline said.

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair also added its tickets are sold on a “first come, first served basis” that rise only as quickly as the lowest fare class is sold.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

Regional tourism gets $250 million cash injection

The government has given regional tourism operators a reason to jump for joy this morning, and caused two industry associations to give such an aggressive thumbs up they are both now suffering from pulled muscles in their hands.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

P&O waves goodbye to “the backbone of the Australian cruise industry”

P&O Cruises has bid a tearful farewell to one of Australia’s most iconic cruise ships earlier than expected.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Wholesaler Wrap: TravelMarvel’s new rail partnership, World Expeditions launches new brand + MORE

Wholesalers appear to have been more active than usual in recent weeks. However, that’s not to say they’ve been wearing spandex and power walking around the block.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

View the most picturesque road trips through Pantone colours

We’ve gifted you a nice, easy picture story to ease your Monday-itis. It’s got pretty colours, spectacular landscapes and should kill at least half an hour if you read slowly.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Federal government extends airline support measures

by Christian Fleetwood

The execs over at Qantas, Virgin and Rex have all let out a collective sigh of relief following this announcement from Mr McCormack.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE 2020 speaker spotlight: Dr Jane Goodall

The world-renowned ethologist, conservationist, UN Messenger of Peace and dame will impart her wisdom to Travel DAZE attendees this year. Find out a little more about this trailblazer right here.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ could happen by Christmas

by Christian Fleetwood

Jacinda Ardern believes a shift in approach by Australia has opened up opportunities for a trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ to open by the end of 2020.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Malaysian Sarawak is home to nature adventures unlike anywhere else

Sarawak is overflowing with cultural, adventure, nature, and food-based experiences that your clients won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre GM talks pivoting, compassion and $1 billion in refunds

We had a long and socially-distanced chat with Kelly Spencer about how the travel giant is fairing during the COVID-19 crisis, how it’s coping and what it has learned.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Federal govt announces “most significant” insolvency reforms in 30 years to help save struggling small businesses

Is your business on its last legs? Find some relief in this major announcement by the federal government.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Crystalbrook to take over boutique Brisbane hotel

The independent hospitality company has gone all arty-farty in expanding its east coast footprint.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

WATCH: Dream Cruises produces delightfully cringeworthy safety video

Dream Cruises has taken a leaf out of the airline playbook by turning its safety instructions into a fun video. It’s overly cheesy, but kinda cute.

Share

CommentComments