Singapore cheaper than Seville: how a football match is disrupting flight prices to Spain

Early summer season holidaymakers searching for short-notice sunshine in southern Spain and Portugal will encounter sharply elevated air fares.

Costs began to rise inside minutes of Rangers’ qualification for the Europa League last in Seville on 18 Could.

The Glasgow group have secured their place in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt. It may very well be their largest success since profitable the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.

Further flights had been laid on to take followers to the match, however they shortly bought out. Demand from Rangers FC supporters for any technique of accessing the Andalusian metropolis in time for the crunch match has led to a spike in air fares throughout the area from a variety of UK airports.

Apart from the sold-out “soccer specials” organized from Glasgow, there aren’t any direct air hyperlinks between Scotland and Seville. Demand for close by airports – notably Gibraltar, Malaga and Faro – is intense.

All flights between Edinburgh and Malaga on easyJet are bought out on 14 and 16 Could; the 18 Could flight arrives too late for the kick-off at 9pm, Spanish time.

From Manchester, the Jet2 flight to Faro on 16 Could is promoting for £452 a technique. Manchester is a 3h30m journey by prepare from Glasgow, whereas Seville is a two-hour drive from the airport on Portugal’s Algarve coast.

Additional south in England, the one remaining hyperlinks from the UK to Seville, are on British Airways and easyJet from London Gatwick. Each airways are promoting them for over £500 a technique.

The most cost effective accessible flight on British Airways earlier than the match – on the night of 17 Could – is £559 one-way. A nonstop BA flight to Singapore is £5 cheaper on the identical night – for a journey 6,000 miles additional.

On the day of the match, easyJet has a one-way Gatwick-Seville flight at lunchtime for £509. Inside 5 days, the fare falls by virtually 90 per cent to £53.

The one discount nonetheless accessible seems to be from Teesside airport close to Darlington. Ryanair is promoting a flight to Faro on 18 Could that arrives at 3.35pm (4.35pm Spanish time), which ought to permit followers over 4 hours to achieve Seville earlier than the ultimate. The present one-way fare is £26.49.

As soon as the final potential flights to get followers to the match earlier than kick-off have departed, fares subside to absurdly low ranges.

Ryanair is providing a night flight from Glasgow Prestwick to Faro – a distance of 1,300 miles – on 18 Could for £12.99. The fare doesn’t even cowl the £13 Air Passenger Responsibility the airline is required tol pay for every traveller on board.

Getting back from Seville after the match, a British Airways hyperlink from Gibraltar through Heathrow to Glasgow on 19 Could is promoting for £442.

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