Qantas and Virgin Australia Face Backlash for Price Hike Ahead of Carlton’s Preliminary Final

Qantas and Virgin Australia Face Backlash for Price Hike Ahead of Carlton’s Preliminary Final


There has been a wave of social media backlash directed at Qantas and Virgin Australia following Carlton’s nail-biting semi-final victory over Melbourne. The Blues’ win secured their spot in the preliminary finals for the first time since 2000, igniting a surge of excitement among fans.

However, many Carlton supporters planning to travel to Brisbane for the grand final qualifier were disappointed to encounter a significant price hike from the airlines. Qantas and Virgin Australia, the AFL’s official airline partner, have faced criticism for exploiting the high demand and raising ticket prices for flights to Brisbane.

The AFL has confirmed that the Brisbane Lions will host Carlton at the Gabba on Saturday afternoon. This has left Carlton fans scrambling to find affordable ways to make it to the Sunshine State. In response to the demand, both Qantas and Virgin Australia have added extra flights to accommodate fans. However, the increased prices have made it difficult for some supporters to attend the game.

Qantas listed a one-way economy fare from Melbourne to Brisbane at $875, while Virgin Australia’s one-way economy fare was priced at $855. These hikes in ticket prices have caused frustration among fans, especially considering the affiliation between Qantas and AFL Commissioner Richard Goyder, who also serves as chairman of the Qantas board.

Although the price increase has created obstacles for some fans, the loyal Carlton supporters remain determined. There is hope that the popular musician Robbie Williams, who recently expressed his love for the football club in a viral video, may make an appearance at the game. If Carlton advances to the grand final, fans may see Williams in Melbourne on the last Saturday in September.

It is yet to be seen how this controversy will affect attendance numbers, but the Demons and Swans will not be the only adversaries Carlton will face. The loyal Blue baggers will persist in supporting their team, despite any challenges that come their way.

– The Herald Sun
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