Virgin Australia: Perth-London flights nearly same cost as Perth-Adelaide during AFL’s Gather Round

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A flight from Perth to Adelaide costs almost as much as a return trip to London in the first week of April this year.

The direct flight from Perth to Adelaide from April 4-7 will cost an eye-watering $1754 with Virgin Australia, while flights to London on the same weekend are $2031 with the same airline.

The high cost of the domestic flight is due to the AFL’s Gather Round, now in its second straight year.

After the roaring success of the round’s initial year, flights are now three times more expensive than they usually are.

Even those seeking more of a bargain would have to fork out a whopping $1122 for the cheapest flight option – which would see you miss the entire Thursday night game and leave on Sunday before any of the games had even begun.

Virgin Airlines justified their prices in a statement and said more seats would be available than the number of fans who flew to Adelaide for the Gather Round last year.

“As the official airline of the AFL, Virgin Australia is committed to helping footy fans get among the action at this year’s Gather Round,” a spokesman for Virgin Australia said to 7News.

“In 2023, we flew more than 60,000 guests to and from South Australia during the week of the event, and this year we have more than 70,000 seats scheduled to and from Adelaide from April 2-9.

“Fares booked during peak periods like school holidays and around major events tend to be higher than the average fare, in line with the reduced number of available seats.

“However, there are still great value fares for fans wanting to get to Adelaide for this year’s Gather Round, including Melbourne-Adelaide from $143 (one-way, economy lite) and Sydney-Adelaide from $149 (one-way, economy lite).

“Where possible, we encourage guests to book early to secure the best possible price.”

The Gather Round is “a festival of footy” featuring all 18 teams and nine matches for premiership points, including two games at Mount Barker to showcase Adelaide’s food and wine.

It is a family-friendly weekend held on school holidays, compounding the event’s immense popularity.

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