The company, which entered voluntary administration this week under a mountain of debt, owes Perth Airport $16 million for its terminal lease and airfield usage.
A number of vehicles, including a bulldozer, have been parked in front of four planes.
“Virgin has significant outstanding invoices from Perth Airport for airfield and terminal use charges – money the airline had already collected from its passengers and the FIFO sector,” a Perth Airport spokesperson said.
And so, it’s holding on to a few of the collapsed airline’s planes – just in case.
“While Perth Airport is working closely with administrators, it also needs to protect its own interests.
“Perth Airport has taken liens over a number of Virgin aircraft – a standard practice in these situations.”
A lien is term that describes a legal claim to property that’s made in order to satisfy a debt.
T1 Terminal at Perth – Virgin’s base there – has been closed for weeks due to coronavirus.
It is operating some charter flights from a different terminal to service fly-in, fly-out mining workforces in Western Australia.
The company owes $6.9 billion to some 10,000 creditors, according to an initial review by administrator Deloitte.
That sum includes about $2.3 billion of secured debt, $2 billion of unsecured bonds, $1.9 billion of aircraft leases, $450 million owed to employees, $167 million to trade creditors and $71 million to landlords.
– with Reuters