Diehard Dockers fans are preparing for a mass exodus from WA to Melbourne ahead of Friday night’s final against Geelong, with Fremantle club president Steve Harris to hold talks with Qantas about putting on extra flights to cope with demand.

“If there are enough Fremantle supporters who want to go and pay for a ticket, Qantas would no doubt do it if it is (commercially viable),” he said yesterday.

“We will be talking to them (today) and we will be asking them if they can get on board and try to make it happen for our supporters.

“We have had lots of enquiries and I looked on the Qantas website last night and tickets are already going as fast as they can.”

Mr Harris said that while it was still possible to fly to Melbourne on existing flights, it would be difficult to secure a seat on one.

According to the Qantas website yesterday, the cheapest direct flight to Melbourne for Friday was $733 (one way) flying Jetstar.

Those willing to go via Sydney could travel for $665 on the “red-eye” but most flights which landed at a convenient time to get to the match were booked.

Mr Harris said it was important that as many supporters as possible got to the game. “Our view all along is that our fans give us a significant edge and you saw that (on Saturday),” he said.

“We have got a significant supporter base in Melbourne as well and a growing supporter base so we would hope that a lot of those turn up also.”

Yesterday, some WA-based fans were planning to make the road trip across the Nullarbor for the big game, departing tomorrow morning.

“We’re doing the road trip. Two vehicles, packed with Freo members spreading the word all the way across the country,” one ardent fan wrote on the football forum website BigFooty.com.

Freo MOB convenor Russell Collett said yesterday eager fans had been on their phones booking flights to Melbourne during three-quarter time at Saturday’s elimination final against Hawthorn at Subiaco Oval.

For those staying in WA, Channel Seven will broadcast the semifinal clash between Fremantle and Geelong at the MCG live into Perth and across regional WA this Friday night, with coverage starting from 5.30pm.

The network will shift the Channel Seven News from 6pm to the match’s half-time break to accommodate the change. Channel Seven Perth general manager Ray Wardrop said the switch from a delayed telecast had been made because of the anticipated interest among WA viewers in Fremantle’s finals campaign.