Virgin Australia will increase domestic flying and introduce new safety and wellbeing measures as state travel restrictions begin to ease and more travellers return to the skies.
The additional services will see Virgin Australia double current capacity by early July, adding approximately 30,000 seats across 320 flights per week to its domestic schedule. Changes include:
- Expanded capital city connections and frequencies between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
- Resumption of services between Brisbane-Adelaide, Brisbane-Canberra, Brisbane-Perth and Sydney-Perth
- More flexibility to travel with increased frequencies on intrastate Queensland and Western Australia routes.
Here’s what Virgin’s network will look like by early July. Information on flight frequencies is available here.
Virgin will also introduce a comprehensive new set of safety and wellbeing measures including pre-departure eligibility and health screening, contactless check-in, more frequent cleaning onboard and at the airport, and expanded social distancing measures.
The measures, which will be fully implemented by 12 June, have been developed in close collaboration with airlines and airports across Australia as part of the Australian Aviation Recovery Coalition. The measures will continue to be reviewed in line with any changes to the schedule, the latest medical advice, government restrictions and guest feedback.
Virgin Australia Group Medical Officer Dr Sara Souter said: “It’s important to remember that the inflight environment is very different to that of other modes of group transport, with a range of protective features including hospital-grade air filtration systems, directional airflow and high seat backs between travellers. The international evidence supports very low-risk of COVID-19 transmission inflight, which is also our experience to-date in Australia.”
“Everyone has a role to play, which is why we are asking guests to be mindful of their own personal protection and others when moving around the cabin. Team members and guests are being encouraged to regularly wash their hands and avoid touching their face, and hand sanitiser and masks will be available to all guests on request.”
For more information about the new safety and hygiene measures, visit virginaustralia.com/healthandwellbeing.
To provide customers with extra flexibility, Virgin is waiving change fees (and cancellation fees, where eligible) on paid domestic bookings for travel between 15 March 2020 and 30 September 2020. Reward bookings can also be cancelled or changed for free until 1 September.
Virgin Australia is currently in voluntary administration. While there are two serious bidders competing to take over the company, there remains a risk that the airline will end up in liquidation.
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