Virgin Atlantic will cut over 3 000 jobs - around a third of staff - after the coronavirus put airlines under "unprecedented pressure", the British carrier part-owned by tycoon Richard Branson announced Tuesday.
With the virus having decimated international air travel over the past two months, Virgin said it was obliged to make the cuts to preserve its financial future and added it was in talks with the government about potential support.
Australian affiliate Virgin Australia went into administration late in April, with Branson warning Virgin employees in a letter that Virgin Atlantic was on a similar trajectory.
The airline industry has been hammered by travel bans instituted across the globe during the coronavirus pandemic. Locally, Comair announced on Tuesday that it had gone into business rescue.