Thousands of Australians have taken advantage of bargain-basement fares as the price war between three of Australia’s airlines heats up.
Regional Express (Rex), Virgin Australia and Jetstar all confirmed that bookings have surged on flights between Melbourne and Sydney after they announced massive drops in ticket prices on Monday.
The price war on one of the busiest travel corridors in the world was sparked after Rex unveiled “cheaper than a bus” fares beginning at $39.
Camera IconRex sparked a price war on Monday with $39 flights. Jerad Williams Credit: News Corp Australia
Virgin was quick to match the sales price, offering fares at $39 until at least December, while Jetstar undercut both its rivals later in the afternoon with flights starting at $30.
All three airlines confirmed sale fares were still up for grabs.
Rex deputy chairman John Sharp said sales went “wild” with the country carrier recording its best sales day in its history.
“The anecdotal evidence is that it had gone wild,” Mr Sharp said.
Camera IconRex deputy chairman John Sharp said the sales had gone ‘wild’. Britta Campion/The Australian Credit: News Corp Australia
“Part of the reason for doing this is to get people onto the plane to experience what we offer — which is better than everybody else…