AS Sydney gears up for an action packed long-weekend for the NRL Grand Final, several airlines have announced they will put on more flights between Queensland and New South Wales.
Qantas, Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia have added extra flights between Sydney and Brisbane, to meet demand from NRL fans.
It comes after a backlash from fans and even politicians, as airlines bumped up their prices almost 500% as Sunshine State fans tried to head south.
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Hotels and airlines are swamped with bookings with around 20,000 NRL fans descending from Queensland for the almost-sold-out match between the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys on Sunday.
Hotels in Sydney have more than 95 per cent occupancy for the weekend and hotels at Sydney Olympic Park are expected to be fully booked.
Minister for Trade and Tourism Stuart Ayres says the event will pump $17 million into the NSW economy.
“This weekend is a perfect opportunity for our Queensland visitors to explore not just Sydney, but surrounding regions and towns,” Mr Ayres said.
Police are urging drivers to take extra care with large numbers of motorists expected on the roads for the NRL final, the end of the school holidays as well as people heading out to enjoy the warmer weather predicted for the long weekend.