Virgin push for new staff as airlines scramble for anticipated travel rebound

Virgin Australia is looking to fill hundreds of new roles across all its operations as the Omicron wave subsides and domestic travel picks up again.

The push for new staff indicates a more positive outlook for the carrier which cut its flight capacity for January and February by 25 per cent and suspended its sole international service to Fiji as Omicron raged.

Qantas is also optimistic about the rest of 2022 with forward bookings over the past few months “encouraging and trending upward,” according to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

Qantas has forecast its group domestic capacity will rise back to 90-100 per cent of pre-Covid levels in the June quarter, while domestic capacity is expected to be more than 100 per cent in the September quarter, with Jetstar reaching 120 per cent.

International capacity is forecast to reach 40 per cent of pre-Covid levels in the June quarter, then 70 per cent by the September quarter.