Virgin Australia has suspended all international flights and slashed its domestic flights by half in response to expanded government travel restrictions and decreased demand for travel in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All international flights will be grounded from March 30 to June 14 inclusive. However, Melbourne to Los Angeles services will be suspended from this Friday (March 20), while the inaugural Brisbane to Haneda and Melbourne to Denpasar services will be postponed from March 29.

“We have entered an unprecedented time in the global aviation industry, which has required us to take significant action to responsibly manage our business while balancing traveller demands and supporting the wellbeing of Australians,” Virgin Australia CEO and Managing Director Paul Scurrah said in a statement.

For anyone who is now urgently trying to rebook or cancel their flights, Virgin Australia has set up a dedicated customer care hub to deal with the huge influx of customer queries.

The announcement came just over an hour before Scott Morrison implemented a Level 4 Travel Ban for the entire world, telling Aussies “do not travel” anywhere for the next six months.

This is obviously going to have huge implications for the travel industries and the people employed by them.

“The changes today will affect our people and we are having constructive discussions with team members and relevant unions,” Scurrah said.

“Wherever possible, we will aim to avoid redundancies by fast-tracking measures such as the use of accrued leave, leave without pay, and redeployment.”

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