Australia’s busiest air route from Melbourne to Sydney will also be the cheapest, as an air war rages ahead of Rex’s new services launch next month.
Days after Rex cut prices to $ 49 per seat, including luggage and refreshments, Jetstar cut its price on the route from $ 105 to $ 29.
The bargain price will be offered for eight hours from Friday noon for flights from the end of February to April as part of a « frenzy sale ».
Virgin Australia has also got involved in the price war, hitting Rex ‘$ 49 for flights in March that weren’t booked until late February.
In another blow for the newcomer Rex, Jetstar will increase the frequency on the route and plans to operate 88 round-trip flights a week between Melbourne and Sydney by the end of March.
Rex has scheduled nine return flights a day, or 63 a week, as the regional airline tries to secure a place in the capital’s highly competitive market.
Jetstar has also cut fares on other routes for its eight-hour sale. Brisbane to Cairns is $ 79, Adelaide to Hobart is $ 84, and Melbourne to Uluru is $ 89 each way.
« If customers find a rate that is cheaper than the rate advertised on Jetstar.com, Jetstar will beat it by 10 percent, » the statement said.
Airline executives have recognized that lower fares will be needed for some time to revive demand for air travel destroyed by the COVID-19 pandemic and border closings.
The latest domestic flight price index compiled by the Office for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics showed that discount prices were already at their lowest level in more than a year.
In Business Class, in which tariffs were at an eight-year low of around two-thirds of normal prices, even greater savings were achieved.
The airline’s vice chairman, John Sharp, has warned that if travelers are restricted in any way, there is « no point » in operating on-route services. In the event that flights are canceled due to COVID-19, passengers will receive full refunds.
Virgin Australia and Qantas offer their passengers the opportunity to change flight times free of charge until January next year.
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