As it navigates the current Omicron outbreak, Virgin Australia has announced a 25% reduction in flight capacity for January and February, as well as the suspension of its recently reinstated single international route to Fiji.
According to the airline, travel demand has slowed as a result of the new COVID-19 outbreak that has swept Australia, with the country’s total COVID-19 cases topping 1 million on Monday, with nearly half of those instances occurring in the previous week alone.
Meanwhile, the industry continues to struggle with a labor shortage, with frontline workers being placed in seven-day isolation on a regular basis after being identified as close contacts of proven COVID cases.
As a result, Virgin has reduced capacity across its network and halted all flights on ten of its routes, including its one overseas service to Fiji, which was reinstated less than a month after the airline emerged from administration in 2020.
Despite the numerous schedule modifications, CEO Jayne Hrdlicka claims that the measures will have no long-term impact on the company or its clients.
“One thing we have learned from the last two years is that we need to keep adapting as circumstances change. So we will continue to do that, and have made some temporary changes to our network to manage the current environment,” Hrdlicka said.
“We do know that as we make the shift to living with COVID-19 there will continue to be change in all our lives and we look forward to continuing to connect our guests with their families, friends, colleagues.