New Delhi: With the defending champions India set to take on Australia in the second semi-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Sydney on Thursday, airlines have hiked their fares substantially for Down Under.
The fares for Sydney and Melbourne have already shot up by 15-20 per cent in the past one week and the airlines could make a killing off the left over seats if the men in blue beat Australia to enter the World Cup final, travel industry executives said on Sunday.
"There is definitely a 15-20 per cent surge in economy class fares for Australia after India entered the semi-finals. These fares may rise further if India reaches final as well," travel portal Yatra.com president Sharat Dhall told PTI.
Mr Dhall said that economy class fares from metro airports to the two Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne were averaging over Rs 60,000 currently as against Rs 50,000 last week. "Destination from south have seen a higher jump than the northern or western markets," he added.
The two-time World Cup champions India will clash with Australia on March 26 at Adelaide in the second semi-final of the tournament. South Africa would take on New Zealand in the first semi-finals at Auckland on March 24.
The final is scheduled to be held in Melbourne next Sunday.
National carrier Air India is the only domestic carrier which operates direct flights to Australia. Other airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Qatar and Emirates all fly to Australia but through their respective hubs.
"In that case, the ticket prices for these sectors may see another 15-20 per cent jump over the current level," he said.