Virgin Australia ‘collapses into voluntary administration after crisis talks failed to save the embattled airline’ – leaving 16,000 employees in limbo
- Virgin’s board is reported to have put the airline into voluntary administration
- The airline would not confirm or deny the claim on Monday evening
- 16,000 jobs at risk however the airline could continue trading in administration
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Virgin Australia is reported to have gone into voluntary administration after state government crisis talks failed to raise enough money to keep the airline flying.
Board members put the airline into administration this evening after a crisis meeting this afternoon, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Daily Mail Australia contacted the airline this evening but Virgin Australia was not able to confirm or deny the report.
‘No, we haven’t made an announcement on administration,’ a spokesperson said.
Virgin Australia has reportedly been put into administration however the airline would not confirm or deny the report on Monday evening
Virgin had been in bail-out talks with the NSW and Queensland governments and had reportedly asked for a $1.4 billion loan from the Federal Government.
Queensland offered $200 million, which reportedly fell short of the airline’s requests.
Citing unnamed sources, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Monday the cash-strapped carrier has been unable to weather the coronavirus crisis due to its debt load.
The newspaper said the airline’s board of directors was meeting on Monday, with a source saying the announcement of it going into administration was ‘imminent’.
Voluntary administration does not mean the company ceases trading or that employees immediately lose their jobs.
When an insolvent company goes into voluntary administration, it is placed in the hands of an independent administrator who determines the best path forward for both the business owners and its creditors.
It can be broken up or kept intact and sold.
The Morrison Government has so far refused to bail out the airline.
It has been reported that the Federal Government’s preferred option is for the airline to go into administration to clear the way for the company’s rescue.
Private equity firms are said to have been circling, and the government could require an ownership stake in return for bailout money.