Fremantle will charter a flight in a bid to maximise their chances of upsetting Geelong in the qualifying final at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.
Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said yesterday the club had immediately moved to arrange a flight to Avalon, near Geelong, or Melbourne after the fixtures for the first week of the finals were released.
Coach Ross Lyon revealed after a 71-point loss to St Kilda, 16.16 (112) to 6.5 (41), at Etihad Stadium on Saturday that the Dockers had struggled to get flights from Perth for their preferred time of 3pm during the home-and-away season, complicating a hectic travel schedule.
Rosich said he was told of the AFL's decision to send the Dockers to Geelong just before the announcement on Saturday night.
"After the decision was communicated to me last night, the discussions became more about, 'OK how do we make this work the best for our players and also our fans and members'," he said.
"We have hopefully secured a charter flight on the way to the game and that will leave at our desired time at 3pm on Thursday, so that has been a large part of the focus."
Rosich said the players would head home on a Virgin flight after the game.
Rosich stopped short of further criticism of the AFL's decision to give the Cats their first final at Geelong in their history but remained surprised by the move.
Fremantle argued strongly against playing the game at a stadium with a capacity of 33,500 when world-class Etihad Stadium would be empty.
"I think less people will travel. I think that is probably going to be the case, but we are certainly encouraging as many members as possible to take the opportunity to go down to Simonds Stadium," Rosich said.
"One of the reasons for the decision according to the AFL is they believe that the crowd, if it was at Etihad, would be in the order of 30,000 to 33,000.
"We won't get to find out, will we, whether that is the case or not. There is no doubt it will be a packed house at Simonds."
Rosich encouraged Fremantle members to buy tickets when they go on sale at 7am today.
"It is all based on membership proportions, so certainly if members take the opportunity to purchase tickets during the priority period they will get tickets," he said.
Rosich also said he had talks with the league's chief executive Andrew Demetriou about Fremantle's decision to rest 12 players against the 16th-placed Saints for Saturday's game.
"He said personally he didn't have a problem with the strategy that we took," Rosich said.
"It was about preparing ourselves in the best way possible for our first final."There is no doubt that we are better prepared for the game this weekend because of that strategy."