750 Qantas staff asked to self-isolate immediately

  South Australia’s Department of Health (SA Health) has asked approximately 750 Qantas staff to self-isolate as a strategy to control the cluster of COVID-19 among Qantas baggage handlers at Adelaide Airport. So far the cluster has 34 cases. It consists of 18 baggage handlers, 13 close contacts of the handlers and 3 other Qantas…

Virgin Australia slashes domestic flights to 6 per week

Virgin Australia announced today that it is suspending all domestic services, except for a sole SYD-MEL return flight Sunday to Friday. The change starts from Friday 10 April. In a statement Virgin said it was still operating repatriation flights from Hong Kong and LAX, and that “demand for charter services in the resources sector remains…

Qantas Group reveals about 50 staff have COVID

The Qantas Group have announced that about 50 of their staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19. ABC Australia reports that Qantas Group medical officer Russell Brown told staff via webinar, “Most of those were from overseas, but they were taking the precautions. They are wearing masks when flying and being careful, and we’re still seeing…

Virgin Australia asks government for $1.4 billion loan

Virgin Australia was placed in a trading halt this week. The trading halt was to announce that the airline had requested a $1.4 billion ($US843 661 000, £681,863,000, €777,315,000) loan from the Australian government. Virgin has about 6 months of reserves, but requested the loan to “bolster the airline’s ability to reinstate workers once the…

Virgin Australia asks for investigation into Qantas comments

Virgin Australia has written to Australia’s competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), to complain about allegedly anti-competitive comments made by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. Virgin MD Paul Scurrah wrote asking the ACCC “to investigate public commentary and an industry-wide campaign by Qantas that is designed to ensure a lessening of competition in…