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Virgin Australia suspends all domestic flights expect daily Sydney to Melbourne route

By May 14, 2020 No Comments
Virgin Australia has suspended all of its domestic flights apart from a single daily route as the airline battles with the stringent coronavirus travel measures.
A Virgin Australia spokesperson said the airline would only operate a commercial Sydney to Melbourne service six days a week from Good Friday until June 15.
The spokesperson said the changes were a further reduction taken by the airline in response to less demand by non-essential domestic travellers.
“As a result of government restrictions, less people are travelling and we have made changes to our schedules to reflect this,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“We continue to monitor passenger numbers and adjust our capacity requirements as necessary.”
Last month Virgin Australia stood down about 8000 of its 10,000 workers until at least the end of May and further slashed domestic flight capacity in the wake of coronavirus border restrictions.
The airline suspended all Tigerair Australia flights and said its domestic schedule would now be cut by 90 per cent, from last week’s 50 per cent reduction.
Virgin said it would try and redeploy workers and encourage them to use leave, but leave without pay was inevitable for many.
On March 13, the Australian government advised all Australians to reconsider overseas travel, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison introducing a travel ban on March 18.
On March 25, the government put in place a travel ban on Australians leaving Australia, except for certain exemptions. The travel bans left thousands of Australian travellers stranded.
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