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Virgin Australia boss Paul Scurrah says more than 1,000 of the workers it has stood down this week will probably be made redundant as the airline is forced to ground aircraft during the coronavirus pandemic.

Virgin Australia on Wednesday announced it had suspended 8,000 of its 10,000 workers as it slashed domestic flight capacity.

“This is the worst airline crisis the world has ever seen,” Mr Scurrah on Thursday told ABC TV.

The remainder of Virgin’s workers are providing essential services such as transporting critical freight.