Virgin Australia drops Melbourne-Hong Kong route, cuts domestic flights


Virgin Australia will drop its underperforming Melbourne to Hong Kong service and cut back on domestic flights as part of a shake-up designed to help lift the airline out of its financial woes.

Chief executive Paul Scurrah, who started in the job in March, said on Wednesday he was suspending Melbourne-Hong Kong flights because the route had underperformed and was a destination best served from Sydney.

Virgin Australia is reviewing its network. Credit:AAP

Virgin launched the Melbourne-Hong Kong service just over two years ago. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong since March have hit traveller numbers to the Chinese autonomous territory and aviation hub.

Mr Scurrah said Virgin was also tweaking its domestic network which would result in a 2 per cent reduction in capacity in the second half of financial 2020.



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