Virgin Australia closes budget offshoot, fires 3,000 staff

Tigerair Australia will be closed and 3,000 of its staff will be laid off by its parent company, Virgin Australia. – EPA pic, August 5, 2020.

PANDEMIC-STRUCK airline Virgin Australia announced Wednesday it would close budget subsidiary Tigerair Australia and lay off 3,000 staff as it prepares to relaunch under new owners.

The carrier is attempting to revive its fortunes following its decision to go into voluntary administration in April shortly after Australia closed its international borders and domestic travel plunged.

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