Qantas invest $100 million into lounge network

Fri, 24 Feb 2023

Qantas have announced plans to invest $100 million over the next 3 years to enhance their network of lounges in both Australia and overseas. With 42 current lounges in Australia (including 12 regional) and 9 overseas, across First Class Lounges, Business Class Lounges and Qantas Club, this will be the single largest investment in the Qantas lounge network in more than a decade and aims to build loyalty among travellers while the airline continues to expand their domestic and international routes and take delivery of new next generation aircraft. 

The upgrades will unveil a new level of luxury and features four brand new lounges and several refurbishments including:

A new flagship First Lounge at London Heathrow

This will operate alongside the current international lounge which will in turn become the dedicated Business Lounge. Expected to launch in 2025, the new First Lounge plans to have direct access to boarding gates, sweeping views of the airfield, a focus on wellbeing and an unrivalled dining experience. The opening will align with the launch of Project Sunrise, a Qantas initiative to have a series of non-stop flights between Sydney and London operated by the brand new A350-100’s. Also coinciding with the launch will be the introduction of free high-speed Wi-Fi on international flights. 

Hong Kong International Lounge

After the current International Lounge was closed during the pandemic, the refreshed Hong Kong lounge will reopen in April 2023 with the return of the popular yum cha trolley. 

International Business Lounge Sydney

The upgrade for the International Business Lounge in Sydney was previously announced but paused during the pandemic and will see a complete redesign and rebuild to increase capacity by 40% and offer a new signature food and beverage experience. Stage one will be open by early 2023. 

International Business Lounge in Melbourne

The lounge will be updated and expanded to increase capacity by up to 30% and will include a full internal refresh and new signature food and beverage concept, with plans to open Stage one in mid 2024. 

New Hobart Qantas Club

In line with the overall terminal redevelopment, the lounge will have a proposed relocation into a brand new and larger premises, increasing capacity from 96 to 150 seats. 

Broome Regional Lounge

With plans to open in 2024, the lounge will have double the seating from 49 to 100. 

This new investment is in addition to the previously announced upgrades including:

  • New Auckland International Lounge featuring an edible herb garden (set to open progressively from 2023)

  • New Business Lounge at Adelaide Domestic Airport (to open in stages from 2024)

  • Full upgrade to Chairmans Lounge at Adelaide Domestic Airport (open 2025)

  • Full upgrade to Qantas Club at Adelaide Domestic Airport (open 2023)

  • New Regional Lounge at Rockhampton Airport (lounge now open)

  • Redevelopment of Regional Lounge at Port Hedland Airport (open 2024)

To book your next Qantas flight, contact an airfare specialist today.

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