Virgin Australia will suspend its services for Port Macquarie from midnight on March 27 until June 14 in light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
On Wednesday, March 25 Virgin Australia Group released its revised domestic schedule after the decision to extend domestic capacity reductions from 50 per cent to 90 per cent.
The decision included the suspension to Tigerair Australia domestic services.
A Virgin Australia spokesperson said given the company has stood down 8000 of its 10,000 workers until May, local workers in Port Macquarie are likely to be impacted.
The spokesperson said the company is doing everything it can to minimise the impact of the changes on its staff.
"This might mean staff take annual leave or leave without pay, where possible," she said.
The company is also consulting with its business partners to seek support for its employees during this difficult time.
Meanwhile Virgin Australia continues to codeshare on Brisbane-Port Macquarie, operated by Alliance Airlines.
Virgin Australia guests who are booked to travel between now and June 30 are encouraged to visit the Virgin Australia customer care hub at virginaustralia.com
Virgin's announcement follows a decision by rival Qantas last week to stand down two-thirds of its 30000 workforce as it slashed capacity.
Qantas will reduce its return services between Port Macquarie and Sydney by over half in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
A spokesperson from the company said from March 29 the number of weekly return services between Sydney and Port Macquarie will reduce from 28 to 12.
However on Friday, March 20 the spokesperson could not say which times and on what days the change would apply to.
It's believed more information will be released by the company at the end of the week, commencing on March 23.
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