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Perth Airport blockades Virgin aircraft over unpaid debt claims

“While Perth Airport is working with the Virgin administrators, it also needs to protect its own interests,” an airport spokeswoman said.

“Perth Airport has taken liens over a number of Virgin aircraft – a standard practice in these situations.”

Contacted for comment, Sydney Airport and Melbourne Airport both said they were not going down the same path.

“We have not taken any action , we prefer to work constructively with our airline partners through this period”, a Sydney Airport spokesman said.

“We have no plans to be doing that kind of thing”, a Melbourne Airport spokesman said.

The aircraft had been parked at the airport for “some time”, the spokeswoman said, and there would not be any impact on WA’s resources sector.

“At this point in time, we continue to facilitate Virgin’s FIFO flights through T2 while we try to secure an agreement with the administrators,” she said.

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Documents released by Virgin’s administrators Deloitte on Friday show they have identified 10,247 known creditors in total (including approximately 9020 employees), who are together owed almost $7 billion.

Virgin employs about 10,000 staff and according to the court documents they are estimated to be owed approximately $450.77 million.

The administrators are now working hard on finding new owners for Virgin and have said at least 10 groups are interested in being a part of the rebirth of the airline.

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