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Flights sell out as fans rush for finals tickets
Flights sell out as fans rush for finals tickets

Jubilant Eagles and Dockers fans have snapped up almost every available plane ticket across the Nullarbor late this week ahead of next weekend's AFL semifinals as airlines look to put on extra flights.

Ecstatic Dockers fans have rushed to book tickets to Adelaide for the Friday night clash against the Crows after Fremantle's stirring win over Geelong on Saturday night.

Last night, all flights from Perth to Adelaide on Thursday and Friday were sold out.

There were seats available on only three Jetstar flights to Melbourne on Thursday and Friday. All Qantas and Virgin Australia flights to Melbourne on those days had sold out.

West Coast will play Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday night after thrashing North Melbourne yesterday.

Some fans will look for indirect routes into both cities, to Melbourne via Sydney or to Adelaide via Melbourne.

Travel agents are prepared for a flood of calls this morning for flights and package deals.

Tickets for both games go on sale for club members this morning and for the public tomorrow.

Qantas and Virgin Australia said they would examine options today for Adelaide and Melbourne.

"Qantas constantly monitors demand for increased services during the AFL finals and will continue to assess if further capacity is required," a Qantas spokeswoman said.

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the airline would decide today about adding flights or using bigger planes.

As happy Eagles fans celebrated the team's 96-point win over North Melbourne, many said they were determined to make the trip to Melbourne.

Outside Patersons Stadium, Adam Caruana said the cost of flights would not deter him from making the trip.

"I reckon we'll go into it pretty confident," Mr Caruana said.

Deidre Brooks admitted it would be a challenge for the Eagles.

Peta Longworth and her friend Gemma Lyall said yesterday's game did not disappoint.

"Especially after the Dockers won, we had to win," Ms Lyall said. "It was an awesome crowd and atmosphere. It was excellent and a beautiful day, too."

The West Australian

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