Qantas is set to give six of its international, domestic and regional lounges a refresh as part of a new multi-million dollar renovation plan announced today on the back of the airline’s record A$1.6 billion (US$1.17 billion) profit for the 2018 financial year.
Under the new programme, the Flying Kangaroo will upgrade lounges at Auckland, Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney, Tamworth and Tokyo. These enhancements are in addition to the carrier’s existing lounge upgrade programme, which notably includes ongoing upgrades at the Melbourne Qantas Club and Domestic Business Lounge (opening tomorrow), and the Sydney International Business Lounge.
Here’s what travellers can expect to find:
- Sydney International First, the airline’s flagship lounge at Sydney Airport, will increase in size by about 15 per cent along with getting an overall revamp.
- The First and Business Lounges in Auckland will be combined to form a single lounge modelled after the airline’s London and Hong Kong international lounges but with regional New Zealand-inspired touches.
- The International Business Lounge at Tokyo Narita airport is getting a new design and will also see its dining options upgraded.
- A little under two years since it opened, the Brisbane International Lounge is being expanded to provide space for a further 100 guests, with work expected to be completed early next year.
- Hobart’s The Qantas Club and Tamworth’s Qantas Regional Lounge will both get a new design that will include more seating and greater space.
“We know the lounge experience is a key part of people’s journey and it’s also how we reward our most frequent flyers,” said Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce.
“As the demand for premium travel increases, we’re responding with more space in our lounges, more dining options and designs that reflect the destination.”
Along with its ongoing renovations in Sydney and Melbourne, Qantas also recently opened a new International Transit Lounge at Perth airport, coinciding with the launch of its non-stop flights between Perth and London earlier this year.
London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 also saw the opening of a new Qantas lounge back in November last year.