Virgin Australia has cancelled a quarter of its flights scheduled for January and February due to the effects of COVID on staffing and travel demand.

The airline said it would reduce frequencies on busy routes and temporarily suspend 10 routes from late January. Affected customers will be moved to alternative flights or may be eligible for a credit or refund.

“Virgin Australia is dedicated to the communities that we serve and will resume these flights as soon as possible,” Virgin chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka said in a statement.

“Although we don’t know when this wave will pass, we do know that as we make the shift to living with COVID-19 there will continue to be changes in all our lives.

“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to any guest impacted by the changes to our flight schedule during this time.”

The temporarily suspended routes include:

  • Adelaide to Darwin – from January 25 with an anticipated return on June 22
  • Adelaide to Cairns – from January 25 with an anticipated return on June 23
  • Adelaide to Sunshine Coast – from January 24 with an anticipated return on March 29
  • Coffs Harbour to Melbourne – from January 24 with an anticipated return on March 31
  • Hamilton Island to Melbourne – anticipated return on March 24
  • Sydney to Townsville – from January 25 with an anticipated return on June 23
  • Melbourne to Townsville – from January 25 with an anticipated return on June 21
  • Gold Coast to Launceston – from January 25 with an anticipated return on March 29
  • Gold Coast to Hobart – from January 24 with an anticipated return on March 30
  • Sydney to Fiji – from January 31 with an anticipated return on March 10.

For more information about Virgin’s change and cancellation policy, visit its website here.

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