Virgin Atlantic’s chief government is forecasting a rise in demand for air journey over the approaching months as restrictions ease.
The airline is amongst many to have struggled by means of the coronavirus pandemic, having reduce near half of its workforce.
It additionally accomplished a £1.2bn rescue in September, saying on the time that the “devastating affect of COVID-19 on world aviation” had pressured it to “take additional steps to make sure survival”.
Talking to Sky’s Ian King Reside programme, nonetheless, Shai Weiss stated: “Virgin Atlantic was one of many deepest impacted initially and we took dramatic measures, with large sacrifices for the livelihoods of so lots of our glorious individuals who had achieved nothing unsuitable however have misplaced their jobs.
“However as a result of we accomplished the privately-funded recapitalisation on 4 September 2020 and, after that, two additional rounds of fairness, I imagine we’re getting nearer to the resumption of journey at scale.
“Truly all the pieces we have achieved all through this pandemic has been about saving Virgin Atlantic and saving as many roles as attainable.”
When requested if that meant there can be no extra job losses, he replied: “I feel so.”
He added: “My purpose, our purpose, is to welcome lots of our staff again into Virgin Atlantic as demand returns.”
Virgin Atlantic will open its shops in England on Monday, as non-essential retail is allowed to reopen below the federal government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
“I feel we may even see a pick-up in bookings in anticipation of the summer season months which are coming,” Mr Weiss stated.
His phrases come as the federal government announces its plans for the resumption of international travel, anticipated to occur on 17 Could.
He joined different airline executives in expressing some disappointment, saying that the federal government had “not gone far sufficient or ought to go additional in defining a transparent path for testing and quarantine” for international locations deemed to pose a decrease menace.
Some concern has been raised over the expense of the checks required – as much as £120 per particular person – with easyJet chief government Johan Lundgren saying this might imply flying this 12 months can be “simply one thing for the rich”.
When requested if Virgin Atlantic would subsidise testing prices for its passengers, Mr Weiss stated: “I feel we have achieved sufficient in offering some very enticing pricing and I might urge folks to e book proper now.
“There has by no means been a greater time to journey with flexibility – not simply at Virgin Atlantic however the business as a complete.”