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$75 sale: Virgin drops half a million discounted fares

Lucy Dean
·3-min read
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, passengers walk past a Virgin Australia sign at Sydney Airport in Sydney. Virgin Australia's creditors agreed Friday to sell the airline to Boston-based Bain Capital in a deal that will see the carrier cut 3,000 jobs and end many of its international flights. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
Virgin Australia has dropped a huge sale. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Virgin Australia is selling 500,000 tickets from $75 including baggage as travellers’ confidence grows.

Travellers have until 20 November 2020 to snag the discounted one-way fares, as part of the airline’s ‘Go you good thing’ sale.

Tickets are up to 35 per cent off, and include baggage across domestic routes in both economy and business class. Tickets are available for travel between 1 December and 23 June 2021.

The sale, which ties in with a new ad campaign, comes after Virgin Australia conducted research finding 50 per cent of travellers are thinking about their next trip as Christmas approaches.

“The campaign aims to grow confidence in the market and stimulate demand. As capacity increases and more aircraft return to the sky, Virgin Australia looks forward to welcoming many stood down team members back to work,” the airline said in a statement.

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Australia’s aviation industry has been particularly damaged by the coronavirus public health crisis as international and state borders shut.

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia have laid off thousands of staff while Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah has stepped down after the troubled airline went into voluntary administration.

According to Ernst & Young, Australia is losing $319 million a day in domestic and international air travel, and has lost $17 billion over the last seven months in domestic travel and another $16 billion in international travel.

“State border closures have seen passenger numbers on Australia’s busiest air routes plummet 91 per cent since March, crippling the aviation sector and causing harmful knock-on effects in tourism and hospitality,” said Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott.

“Every day flights remain grounded costs Australia $69 million or $2.1 billion a month. When you add in international aviation losses at $250 million a day or $7.6 billion per month we are talking about an enormous hit to our economy.”

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