Virgin Australia looks to shut down New Zealand operations, 550 jobs on lineChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2020
Five hundred and fifty pilot and cabin crew jobs are on the line as Virgin Australia moves to shut down operations in this country in the face of coronavirus.
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The airline says it is a priority in order to safeguard its Australian operations, which it is also restructuring as it shuts down all international flights from 30 March.
"Redundancies are going to be inevitable," a spokesperson said.
Even if Virgin restarts trans-Tasman flights on 15 June as planned, it would only use pilots and crew based in Australia, she said.
"At the moment is just too costly to have the New Zealand bases as well," referring to the two bases in Auckland and Christchurch.
The Air Line Pilots Association has warned the country faces losing many highly trained pilots. ■