Virgin Australia slashes international flights

Virgin Australia has announced that it is cutting back on the number of its flights in response to a decline in travel demand as the current coronavirus continues to spread around the world.

In a statement, the airline said it would slash total capacity by 7.7 percent for the rest of the year and from early May it would reduce the regular Sydney to Los Angeles flight to five days a week.

News of the company’s flight cuts comes when the airline revealed that after returning from overseas to Australia, one of its cabin crew members had tested positive for the virus.

There have been 26 confirmed cases and three casualties in Australia.

“I can confirm we have a cabin crew member who has been diagnosed with coronavirus,” Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scurrah said

“I spoke to her not long ago. She’s in good spirits and well, he said. “She recently came back from overseas and was feeling unwell and decided to self-report.”

He would not disclose which flight the cabin crew member was on board and would not confirm that actor Tom Hanks, who is currently in Australia and has tested coronavirus positively, was on the flight.

“It’s a matter of privacy,” he said.

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