VIRGIN AUSTRALIA Increases Services

The Virgin Australia Group doubles current capacity and introduces new safety and wellbeing measures as state travel restrictions begin to ease from early July.

“As state travel restrictions ease, demand for air travel is starting to return. We have a long way to go, but we’re thrilled to see airline schedules coming to life again. These services will be a welcome boost to the local tourism industry,”

The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

The increased services will add some 30,000 seats across 320 flights per week to the airline’s domestic schedule. CLICK HERE to view to full Virgin Australia domestic schedule.

New Safety and Wellbeing Measures

Virgin Australia will also introduce 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.

The measures have been developed in close collaboration with airlines and airports across Australia as part of the Australian Aviation Recovery Coalition.

Virgin Australia Group Medical Officer Dr Sara Souter said the new measures will ensure that we appropriately manage the latest advice from government and remain vigilant when it comes to hygiene and personal protection.

“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,” said Virgin Australia Group Medical Officer, Dr Sara Souter.

“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,” added Dr Souter.

The airline has confirmed that an empty seat will be kept between guests travelling alone wherever possible, but that families and travelling companions will be able to sit together on flights.

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