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Virgin Australia stands down 8,000 staff

Steven Deare
VIrgin Australia has further slashed domestic flights - to 90 per cent - and suspended Tigerair

Virgin Australia has stood down about 8,000 of its 10,000 workers until at least the end of May and further slashed domestic flight capacity in the wake of coronavirus border restrictions.

The airline on Wednesday suspended all Tigerair Australia flights and said its domestic schedule would now be cut by 90 per cent, from last week's 50 per cent reduction.

Virgin said it would try and redeploy workers and encourage them to use leave, but leave without pay was inevitable for many.

Most domestic flights will be suspended from March 27 until June 14, while its previously announced international ban will be in place from March 30 to June 14.