Ex-Virgin Australia boss Paul Scurrah has given a rare insight into his final months at the airline as COVID-19 forced it into administration.
As borders closed around the world, and then around the country, Mr Scurrah was already working to get the company out of financial hot water.
The initial aim of his 18-month stint at Virgin was to overhaul the operation and make it profitable.
That included the future of Tigerair, which he believes would still be operating if not for COVID-19.
But once the borders had slammed shut and Virgin Australia was down to one flight a day – Melbourne to Sydney – the lack of financial security began to hit home.
Mr Scurrah’s restructuring plan for the airline was already in motion when Virgin went into administration, so he was left with no tricks in the bag.
“Basically it was the restructuring plan we already had on the way but on steroids,” he told NCA NewsWire.
“We actually did what we would have done in five years in three months.”
Camera IconVirgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah said when the company was forced into administration the restructuring plan that was under way continued, but on ‘steroids’. Credit: News Corp Australia, Lyndon Mechielsen