Virgin Australia flight attendant tests positive to COVID-19

Airline passengers in four different cities, including the Gold Coast, are on COVID alert after a Virgin Australia flight attendant tested positive.

The Sydney-based cabin crew member flew five interstate flights on Friday and Saturday before testing positive following a rapid test on Saturday night.

The flight attendant was a close contact of a known case in Sydney but was unaware until after they had completed their flights on Saturday.


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The affected staff member flew from Sydney to Brisbane on Friday then from Brisbane to Melbourne where they had an overnight stop.

They then flew Melbourne to Sydney, then Sydney to the Gold Coast before the return flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney.

In a statement, Virgin Australia says the flight attendant was wearing PPE while working.

“This crew member always wore a face mask while onboard and when interacting with the public and adhered to infection control and COVID safe protocols implemented by Virgin Australia throughout the course of duty,” the airline said.

“Given the border restrictions in place with respect to NSW, all of these flights, with the exception of VA334, were carrying limited numbers of passengers for the purpose of essential travel only.

AFFECTED VIRGIN AUSTRALIA FLIGHTS: 

Friday, June 25

  • VA939 Sydney-Brisbane
  • VA334 Brisbane-Melbourne

Saturday, June 26

  • VA827 Melbourne-Sydney
  •  VA517 Sydney-Gold Coast
  •  VA524 Gold Coast-Sydney