AIRLINES have been accused of charging sky-high fares for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur fans trying to get to the Champions League final.
Supporters desperate to watch the Premier League sides, managed by Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, in Madrid on June 1 will have to fork out up to £1,490 for a return trip.
On top of that, there are few hotel rooms in the Spanish capital available for less than £1,000 that night. Budget carrier easyJet can charge as little as £41 for a one-way ticket to Madrid from London Luton and Gatwick but is asking more than £750 for a flight on May 31, a rise of 1,729 per cent.
Liverpool Metro mayor Steve Rotheram accused easyJet of ‘simply profiteering’ from fans. Ex-Liverpool player Jim Beglin added: ‘You call it business. The punters call it nothing but pure greed.’
EasyJet said its pricing was led by demand, adding: ‘We do not artificially increase ticket prices around sporting events.’ British Airways is charging £784 for a single flight in the hours before the game but said its best value seats ‘are always available in advance’. It is also looking to use larger planes on some flights.
Supporters may consider driving — Madrid is 1,000 miles from Calais.