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Virgin Australia Holdings has completed its acquisition of Perth-based regional Skywest Airlines. It has also appointed Merren McArthur as Virgin Australia group executive-regional airlines.
The deal was first announced Oct. 30 and has been cleared by Skywest’s shareholders, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board and the Singapore High Court.
Merren McArthur, who has been Virgin Australia group executive alliances, network and yield since 2011, will take on the new position of Virgin Australia group executive regional airlines. She will be based in Western Australia and has been tasked with ensuring a smooth integration of the two businesses.
McArthur has been with Virgin Australia for more than five years and has previously held roles including group executive corporate advisory, general counsel and company secretary.
“We believe there is a need for more competition on regional routes and our plan is to grow the current operations and expand our network to new destinations throughout Australia,” McArthur said.