Cheap flights from Australia to Europe as travelers balk
Fancy a Melbourne-Madrid return flight in June, starting at just $1,400? Sydney to Paris for $1,350, leaving early June and returning mid-July? Or how about Brisbane to Copenhagen on the same dates for around $1700?
All of these prices are currently offered by major carriers in the Middle East. I can’t remember economy class flights to Europe being this cheap since the 1980s, and only when they were on sale.
So why are flights so cheap right now?
“Obviously there’s still a lot of hesitation among travelers looking to book flights overseas, so there’s quite a bit of availability,” said Kelly Spencer, managing director of Flight Center Australia.
“Many carriers on European routes have committed to a number of flights, they have to fill those seats and that means there are very good prices to get people on board.”
“This does not apply to all destinations. For example, there are far fewer carriers serving the United States than Europe, so there is not such an oversupply of seats and fares on these routes are therefore not as competitive.”
How long are these rates likely to last?
“Probably only as long as demand is low,” says Ms Spencer. “In November, we saw sales triple or quadruple within weeks as travel restrictions began to ease and airfares increased. The same will happen once COVID infections subside and confidence will be restored.”
For anyone planning a mid-year trip to Europe, is it advisable to lock in the booking now?
“Absolutely”, according to Ms Spencer. “As soon as confidence and clarity returns, we expect to see a real spike in demand, and those cheap seats will disappear.
“For anyone worried about what might happen to their booking if they were forced to cancel or delay their trip, it is important to understand the terms and conditions of their ticket. Some will be fully refundable, others may qualify for discounts. ‘a credit.
“That’s the beauty of booking through a Flight Center agent, they can walk customers through the terms and conditions and make sure they’re totally happy with what they’re buying.”