From the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April to the launch of Qantas’ new Perth-London non-stop flights, Australia is expecting a major tourism boost in 2018 across the country. In response to this boost in airport traffic, Australia’s airport lounge network is stepping up to the challenge, with many new additions and upgrades scheduled for completion this year. Here’s an overview of new airport business lounges in 2018.
AMEX: Melbourne International (Early 2018)
The opening of American Express’ new lounge at Melbourne Airport’s International T2 terminal is scheduled for early 2018. This will mark their second lounge in Australia, with the first being the popular Sydney Airport lounge. The lounge will be positioned next to a new Plaza Premium lounge also opening in early 2018, and will share amenities such as toilets and kitchen area.
Qantas: Perth International (March 2018)
Ahead of Qantas’ new non-stop flights from Perth to London, the airline has confirmed plans for a brand-new Perth International Lounge to open in March 2018. The lounge will be located in Terminal 3, and cater to Qantas’ Business Class travellers, Qantas Club members and top-tier frequent flyers. Features to note: spacious design including outdoor terrace with an Aussie-themed BBQ area.
Commonwealth Games Lounge: Gold Coast Domestic (April 2018)
As the Gold Coast prepares for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast Airport has announced a plan to create a purpose-built lounge for athletes and games officials. The lounge will feature a beach and rainforest aesthetic, and serve an array of food and beverage options from manned counters. Live performances from local artists, Australian wildlife presentations and a large viewing screen to watch the Games will keep guests entertained before their flight. Once the Games are over, the lounge will form part of the airport’s southern terminal expansion.
Qantas: Melbourne Domestic (Late 2018)
Construction is underway for the new Qantas Club and Business Lounge at Melbourne Domestic Airport, slated to open in November 2018. With a 40% increase in capacity, the lounge will offer space for 350 Business Class passengers, Platinum frequent flyers and other Oneworld Emerald cardholders. In line with Qantas’ new Brisbane and Perth lounges, the MEL lounge will feature a unique dining option to represent local Melbourne culture – we’ve heard this is likely to be a noodle bar! But wait there’s more, Qantas Club members, Gold-grade travellers and other Oneworld Sapphire members will also be treated to a brand-new stomping ground, with a revamped Qantas Club expected to open around the same time. The new club will offer 530 seats, bringing the combined lounge precinct capacity to 880.
Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong International (March 2018)
After a year-long makeover, Cathay Pacific will re-open its Hong Kong lounge, The Deck, in March 2018. Located above gates 16 through to 19, The Deck will feature Cathay’s signature Noodle Bar and an L-shaped terrace for guests to relax ‘outside’. The announcement came after the opening of Cathay’s new Singapore T4 lounge in October 2017.
United Airlines: London Heathrow (early 2018)
A string of new lounge openings is on the cards for United Airlines, with a total of eight Polaris Lounge reveals scheduled for 2018. This spurt follows a long dry-spell in 2017, with the last lounge opening in Chicago in December 2016. Of the eight, London Heathrow Polaris Lounge is scheduled to be one of the first, offering business and first-class passengers booked on United or Star Alliance long-haul flights a luxurious space to rest between flights. Amenities are expected to mimic those of the Chicago lounge, and include work ‘pods’, self-service beverage bar, buffet and cocktail bar.
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