Speaking briefly to 2GB host Ben Fordham on Thursday, Virgin’s CEO also said the business’ decision to cut 3,000 roles was “heartbreaking”.
A Boeing 737, VH-YFP, departed the Queensland capital at 12.45pm on Tuesday and received the traditional water canon salute when it touched down at 2:33pm.
The extra service means that the airport is now welcoming almost as many flights as before the pandemic began due to its location in an open state.
The commission will now look for “early signs of damage” that could “damage a competitor or drive them off route”.
FAAA secretary Teri O’Toole said, “Cyrus are not dipping their toes in aviation, they actually know what they’re doing and they’re taking this on with eyes open.”
The TWU has turned on winning Virgin bidder Bain Capital after a photo emerged showing the private investment firm’s team celebrating the deal at a Sydney restaurant.