Victorian and NSW travellers planning to reunite with family and friends in Western Australia next week face one major issue once the border reopens.
Flights between Sydney and Perth will cost at least $1000 next week, while one trip with Qantas on December 9 – the day after the border reopens – will set travellers back more than $2000.
A return flight booked from Sydney on December 9 and leaving Perth on December 15, seen on the Qantas site on Wednesday morning, will cost upwards of $4000.
The average cost of a flight before the coronavirus pandemic and border closures was between $300 and $400.
Flights between Melbourne and Perth are also just as expensive, with the only direct trip on December 10 set to cost $1027.
Flights on Virgin Australia are just as expensive, with a flight on December 9 setting travellers back $1199.
Savvy travellers could save hundreds by delaying their trips though, with prices dropping dramatically just days later as more flights are added.
Camera IconThe price of Qantas flights between Sydney and Perth on December 9 once the WA border reopens. Due to a lack of existing flights, many travellers could be forced onto indirect flights that stop in multiple states. Credit: Supplied