AviationDomestic services slashed as airline fights for survival

Virgin Australia sends staff home for two months

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Virgin Australia ‘may look different’ at the other side of the crisis.
Virgin Australia ‘may look different’ at the other side of the crisis. Photo Credit: Virgin Australia

BRISBANE - Virgin Australia has grounded 125 aircraft, almost all its fleet, and stood down 8000 of its work force.

Australia’s second-largest airline has cut flying in its domestic network by 90% and sent 80%  of its 10,000 employees home at least until the end of May.

Chief executive Paul Scurrah said the coronavirus pandemic had caused an unprecedented crisis for the global aviation industry as travel ceases internationally and is severely restricted within Australia.

He said the airline would return to the skies as soon as was viable, but "may look different when we get to the other side of this crisis".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has banned all overseas travel by Australians while  Qantas and Virgin are being enlisted to help bring home Australians stranded overseas.

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