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Australia Virgin Australia announces hundreds of new jobs, set to launch more flights in coming months

05:30  20 may  2021
05:30  20 may  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Virgin Australia has announced it will be launching more than 700 weekly flights and hundreds of new jobs across the country in the coming months . Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said five new routes would be added to its flight schedule. "Adelaide and Perth to Cairns, Sydney to Darwin and Melbourne and Sydney to Townsville," she said. "That's five new services which is fantastic, but we're also growing frequencies in markets we already serve." The announcement will result in 250 new jobs across the country, including roles as baggage handlers, pilots

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a group of people standing around a plane: Virgin Australia CEO Ms Hrdlicka and Deputy Prime Minister Mr McCormack with Virgin staff in Brisbane today. (ABC News: Meg Purtell) © Provided by ABC News Virgin Australia CEO Ms Hrdlicka and Deputy Prime Minister Mr McCormack with Virgin staff in Brisbane today. (ABC News: Meg Purtell)

Virgin Australia has announced it will be launching more than 700 weekly flights and hundreds of new jobs across the country in the coming months.

Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said five new routes would be added to its flight schedule.

"Adelaide and Perth to Cairns, Sydney to Darwin and Melbourne and Sydney to Townsville," she said.

"That's five new services which is fantastic, but we're also growing frequencies in markets we already serve."

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The company's new voluntary redundancies announced on Thursday come on top of 8,500 roles that have already been cut from the company, including 2,500 ground-handling jobs which have been outsourced to third-party providers. Qantas said it expects the redundancy program will generate "several hundred applications", given the harsh impact of the COVID crisis on its international cabin crew. Virgin Australia announces hundreds of new jobs , set to launch more flights in coming months .

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The announcement will result in 250 new jobs across the country, including roles as baggage handlers, pilots, ground staff and at the company's headquarters in Brisbane.

More than 700 extra weekly flights will be added across the airline's domestic network by October.

Queensland destinations to benefit from the increased flights include the Whitsunday Coast, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Townsville, the Gold and Sunshine coasts and Brisbane.

Fifty extra weekly flights to Launceston and Hobart will also be added by October, which is a 40 per cent uplift in services.

"There will also be an additional 30 per cent of frequencies between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane," Ms Hrdlicka said.

Announcement not in response to border reopening controversy

Today's announcement comes amid publicity turmoil for the company, after Ms Hrdlicka on Monday called for a plan to reopen international borders, saying it made long-term sense even if "some people may die".

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Virgin Australia may not get a Government bailout but is considering other financial options to survive. The Government says it is working with Qantas and Virgin to ensure their key domestic routes get subsidised. Aviation experts fear Virgin will struggle to survive beyond six months at most . Last week Virgin announced it had suspended all its domestic flights except for a single Sydney to Melbourne return service, which is running once per day, except for Saturdays. This came after a previous announcement that it had cut domestic capacity by 90 per cent and temporarily stood down

Ms Hrdlicka said today's news was not in response to the controversy.

"Today's announcement has been planned for several weeks," she said.

"It's not easy to get into the Deputy Prime Minister's calendar, so to have today planned, have the space planned in the hanger and to have Michael's time available, that's been in the works for some time."

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said it showed the faith Virgin had in the economy.

"I say well done Virgin, for having that faith in the Australian people," he said.

New routes:

  • Darwin-Sydney – daily services (seasonal) from 14 July
  • Adelaide-Cairns – up to 4 flights per week from 10 August
  • Sydney-Townsville – 3 flights per week from 27 July
  • Melbourne-Townsville – 3 flights per week from 17 August
  • Cairns-Perth – up to 4 flights per week for 26 July

Expanded domestic frequencies on the 'triangle' (Sydney-Brisbane-Melbourne):

  • Sydney-Melbourne (from 130 up to 163 return flights per week by October)
  • Sydney-Brisbane (from 76 up to 104 return flights per week by October)
  • Melbourne-Brisbane (from 61 up to 84 return flights per week by October)

Expanded domestic and leisure frequencies include:

  • Melbourne-Gold Coast (from 40 up to 55 return flights per week by October)
  • Sydney-Gold Coast (from 49 up to 72 return flights per week by October)
  • Adelaide-Gold Coast (from 7 up to 9 return flights per week across school holiday travel dates)
  • Melbourne-Sunshine Coast (from 13 up to 26 return flights per week by October)
  • Sydney-Sunshine Coast (from 11 up to 26 return flights per week by October)
  • Brisbane-Cairns (from 29 up to 31 return flights per week by October)
  • Melbourne-Cairns (from 8 up to 20 return flights per week by October)
  • Sydney-Cairns (from 10 up to 20 return flights per week by October)
  • Brisbane-Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast (from 7 up to 10 return flights per week by October)
  • Melbourne-Hamilton Island (up to 4 return flights per week by October)
  • Melbourne-Hobart (from 18 up to 31 return flights per week by October)
  • Sydney-Hobart (from 10 up to 20 return flights per week by October)
  • Melbourne-Launceston (from 16 up to 21 return flights per week by October)
  • Brisbane-Mackay (from 20 up to 30 return flights per week by October)
  • Brisbane-Townsville (from 20 up to 31 return flights per week by October)
  • Brisbane-Perth (from 17 up to 24 return flights per week by October)
  • Brisbane-Canberra (from 18 up to 24 return flights per week by October)

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