Why Perth Airport seized parked Virgin Aircrafts Australia?

  • Apr 25, 2020 AEST
  • Team Kalkine

More than 150 Australians and 15 newzealanders who've been stranded in South America since the coronavirus outbreak are being brought home on a rescue flight, with one of the pilots paying tribute to his World War Two veteran grandfather on Anzac Day.

Captain Alex Passerini, who is leading the flight, said the crew volunteered to be part of the federal government-coordinated effort to bring those stranded home.The jet departs Buenos Aires at 2pm local time on Saturday.

Around 900,000 businesses have indicated they want a share of the federal government's historic $130 billion JobKeeper payment to cushion the impact of coronavirus.Millions of workers in Australia are set to receive the $1,500 per fortnight payment after finding themselves out of work because of restrictions to protect the community from COVID-19.

Perth Airport has seized a number of parked Virgin Australia aircraft because of unpaid invoices, with the airport saying it must "protect its own interests". It is the latest development in Virgin's potential demise - the biggest collapse of an Australian business amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Virgin Australia is estimated to owe more than $6.8 billion to its more than 12,000 creditors, Federal Court documents filed by administrators Deloitte on Friday say.


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