COVID-19: Virgin Australia cabin crew member tests positive – affected flights
Virgin Australia has confirmed that an infected cabin crew member worked on 5 flights over 2 days – 25 & 26 June, and overnighted, isolated in Melbourne on 25 June 2021, staying at the Holiday Inn Express Southbank.
‘The affected crew member is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case from a known cluster in Sydney. Virgin Australia understands the crew member was not aware they were a close contact of a positive case until after they completed their last flight today.’ (26 June)From Virgin Australia Press Release
Virgin Australia is taking all the appropriate action, identifying and isolating cabin crew contacts, and taking them off the roster. It is also cooperating with state and other health authorities providing manifests and QR code information to assist in tracing.
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25 June 2021
- VA939 Sydney-Brisbane
- VA334 Brisbane-Melbourne
26 June 2021
- VA827 Melbourne-Sydney
- VA517 Sydney-Gold Coast
- VA524 Gold Coast-Sydney
If you were on these flights
Expect to be contacted by health authorities on the correct protocol. If in doubt, contact your local health authority. Here is a list of state health websites for advice and contact numbers.
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
The crew member work a face mask while onboard during interactions with the public, so the hope is that any potential transmission was reduced, but given the virulence of the Delta strain – who knows.
Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.
I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.
Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.
Lets hope that the mask wearing by passengers through-out the travel process has also helped reduce the possibility of transmission.