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Virgin Australia to stand down 8,000 workers, slash flights

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Virgin Australia has stood down about 8,000 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.

Virgin Australia has stood down about 8,000 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 yesterday 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.

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Most domestic flights will be suspended from March 27 until June 14, while its previously announced international ban will be in place from March 30 to June 14.

Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah said, "There has never been a travel environment in Australia as restricted as the one we see today and the extraordinary steps we've taken have been in response to the federal and state governments' latest travel advice.

"We are now facing what will be the biggest grounding of aircraft in this country's history. From the end of this week, we will begin repositioning and grounding more than 125 aircraft in our fleet, suspending almost all our domestic and international flying until at least the middle of June.

"I know our people have been working tirelessly to help guests get home ahead of the various state travel restrictions and their efforts should be applauded as they adapt to a rapidly changing environment."

- Reported with AAP

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-virgin-australia-stands-down-eight-thousand-workers-cuts-flights/9e7ba3b8-9966-4068-b88f-ba2b490e6a04

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