Virgin Australia will close its Mount Isa and Cloncurry routes as it shut down 80% of its Australian services from Friday, March 27.
Virgin said this is a temporary suspension until June 14 as state borders close across Australia.
Routes affected are Albury. Alice Springs. Ayers Rock (Uluru). Ballina Byron. Coffs Harbour. Cloncurry. Darwin. Emerald. Harvey Bay. Hamilton Island. Hobart. Mount Isa. Launceston. Mildura. Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore). Newcastle. Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine). Port Macquarie and.Tamworth.
Tigerair Australia will temporarily suspend all services effective immediately.
Virgin Australia passengers booked to travel between now and 30 June should visit the Virgin Australia customer care hub at www.virginaustralia.com to request a travel credit online or obtain more information about their options.
Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia guests who are booked to travel between now and 31 March 2020 are being provided flexibility to change their flight to a Virgin Australia service departing on or before 27 March with change fees and fare difference waived.
The news comes as Virgin stands down 8000 staff in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Virgin Australia CEO and Managing Director Paul Scurrah said they were facing the biggest grounding of aircraft in this country's history.
"From the end of this week, we will begin repositioning and grounding more than 125 aircraft in our fleet, suspending almost all our domestic and international flying until at least the middle of June," Mr Scurrah said.
"I know our people have been working tirelessly to help guests get home ahead of the various state travel restrictions and their efforts should be applauded as they adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
"We plan to return Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia to the skies as soon as its viable to do so, however I am mindful that how we operate today may look different when we get to the other side of this crisis."
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