Virgin Australia has announced it’s increasing domestic flights as travel restrictions continue to ease across the country.
The move will see the airline double current capacity by early July, adding approximately 30,000 seats across 320 flights per week to its domestic schedule.
Virgin Australia Group Chief Commercial Officer John MacLeod said the demand for air travel has thankfully started to return following the relaxation of state travel restrictions, allowing the airline to add more services.
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“It’s early days but these services will be a welcomed boost to Australia’s tourism industry and help the nation’s economy and aviation sector to rebuild,” Mr MacLeod said.
“The services will also give us the opportunity to bring team members back to work, who I know have been looking forward to welcoming and sharing our award-winning customer service.
Virgin confirmed on Thursday that the airline is also introducing 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.
“Importantly as travel begins to increase, the safety and wellbeing of guests remains crucial, which is why measures to minimise risks associated with COVID-19 are being introduced,” Mr MacLeod said.
“We recommend that any guest who is feeling unwell or has flu-like symptoms, do not travel… flights for travel up until 30 September can be changed without fees if needed.”
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.
“We will be adopting contactless check-in, a new sequenced boarding and disembarkation process and guests will see more frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces on the aircraft and within the airport,” Virgin Australia Group Medical Officer Dr Sara Souter said
“In addition, a new health questionnaire will be rolled out as part of the check-in process to ensure passengers are fit to fly and to assist with contact tracing.”
Those travelling are also being encouraged to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe tracing app.
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