Aug 4, 2020 - Economy & Business

Virgin Atlantic declares bankruptcy after cutting over 3,000 jobs

Virgin Atlantic Airline planes in Manchester Airport on June 8.
Virgin Atlantic Airline planes in Manchester Airport on June 8. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

British airline Virgin Atlantic filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy on Tuesday as a result of the economic disruption set off by the coronavirus pandemic, Business Insider reports.

Why it matters: This is the second airline belonging to billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group to file for bankruptcy protection this year, following Virgin Australia's filing in April.

The bottom line: Delta, which owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic, has made it clear that it will not save the airline from potential bankruptcy restructuring with a cash injection, Insider reports. Virgin Atlantic said it would cut over 3,000 jobs in May.

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