Virgin chief executive Paul Scurrah says there will not be a return for the carrier to overseas flights for up to three years after the COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the travel industry.
The airline announced on Wednesday that it would axe the Tigerair discount airline and that 3000 jobs would be lost throughout the company as part of its relaunch under Bain Capital administrators.
For the near future, long haul flights were also placed on hold.
Mr Scurrah said that making the cuts was a “heartbreaking” addition to a “sad year” for the airline and aviation industry, but for the company there was no other way forward.
“We do aspire to fly long haul again, we just can’t see it coming back in the next few years,” he said.
“The industry will be well up and running by then, in our view, and that provides the opportunity for people to get the value they have in their tickets,” Mr Scurrah said earlier this week.