The 1,330 kilometre route between Melbourne Tullamarine airport (MEL) and Gold Coast airport (OOL) at Coolangatta was the ninth busiest in Australia in 2006 with 1.24 million passengers. Recently, it has been a duopoly with Virgin Blue competing with Jetstar, the low-cost subsidiary of Qantas. Then on 23 November it became one of the first domestic routes operated by Tiger Airways when it began thrice daily services.
This week’s exclusive anna.aero farewatch looks at average one-way fares from Melbourne to the Gold Coast for the next two weeks. During this period Tiger operates 21 weekly flights, Jetstar 38 weekly flights and Virgin Blue 50 weekly flights.
|Source: Airline websites on Tuesday 4th December.
All fares include taxes and fees. Green shaded period is Saturday/Sunday. Fares are averaged across all flights on a given day and include all taxes and charges but do not include charges for baggage.
Note: AUD 1 = € 0.6 = GBP 0.43 = US$ 0.87
Averaging all fares across the two-week period, Tiger Airways comes out cheapest with an average fare of AUD 134 (€80), followed by Jetstar at AUD 145 (€87) and Virgin Blue at AUD 165 (€99). On nine of the 14 days, Tiger has the cheapest average fares with Jetstar the best value on the other five days. Virgin Blue is usually (but not always) the most expensive.