Champions League: Flight prices soar as Liverpool and Spurs fans seek final tickets | UK News
Liverpool and Tottenham fans will have to pay top prices for the chance to see their sides make Champions League history in Madrid next month.
Airlines have wasted no time in hiking their prices in light of stunning semi-final comebacks for the two English clubs this week, with both coming from 3-0 down in their ties to see off La Liga champions Barcelona and Dutch giants Ajax.
The Spanish capital is hosting the showpiece match on Sunday 1 June, and flying direct from London or Liverpool airports the day before is set to burn a sizeable hole in the wallets of anyone hoping to make the trip.
EasyJet is charging £709 for a flight from London Luton on 31 May, according to Skyscanner, up from £178 two days prior, and £751 to go from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which would have cost £260 at the start of the week.
Many fans are booking indirect flights to reduce costs, with one option from Liverpool costing £587 to fly via Bucharest, taking 15 hours on the way and 21 hours on the way back.
Following criticism from Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, EasyJet tweeted: “We use a live pricing system and when it’s busy many people are booking flights at the same time.
“This can result in the price of your flight going up while you’re making a booking. You can then choose to accept the price difference before payment.”
Thousands of supporters are still expected try and get to the city, although the clubs have only been allocated 16,613 tickets each at the Wanda Metropolitano, which is home to former finalists Atletico Madrid.
UEFA has reduced the ground capacity from 67,000 to 63,500 for the game, while 25,500 seats are allocated to “the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters”.
Another 4,000 tickets were made available to the public for the game, which kicks off at 9pm local time (8pm BST), and these have already sold out.
Liverpool have announced that the cheapest ticket for their section of the stadium will be £60, but others range between £154 and a whopping £513.
It will make it a more expensive night out than the 2018 final in Kiev, when Liverpool fans had to fork out between £61 and £394 for a ticket to watch their team against Real Madrid.
The Anfield club will try to make it more affordable by offering official trips through Thomas Cook for those who get a match ticket.
The Liverpool Echo reports that fans who have been to seven Champions League games this season – the Reds have played six at home – will be guaranteed a ticket this time round, before a ballot for season ticket holders and other club members gets underway at 9.15am next Tuesday, 14 May.
Spurs – who qualified for their first Champions League final thanks to a last gasp winner from hat-trick hero Lucas Moura – have not revealed how much their tickets will be or when they will go on sale.
The squad only arrived back in London at 2am on Thursday and manager Mauricio Pochettino gave his players the day off ahead of their last Premier League fixture of the season on Sunday.
With Liverpool having confirmed their place in the final on Tuesday, Reds fans have had an extra day to snap up seats on flights out of the UK – and any overnight accommodation in Madrid.
There are hardly any Madrid hotel rooms available for less than £1,000 on 1 June – the cheapest one that can be booked at the Hilton Madrid Airport hotel is £2,301, down to just £124 a week later.
The local tourism board is still expecting the city to be awash with football fans in the days leading up to the final and will welcome the famous Champions League trophy on Saturday, 11 May.
“We’re so excited because it promises to be truly spectacular,” the tourism board said on its website.
“The event will take place right in the centre of Madrid.
“UEFA and its sponsors have pulled out all the stops to make it a memorable festival, to include musical performances and lots of football-related entertainment activities.
“The best thing is that it will be completely free of charge.”