Qantas invests millions on upgrades for six lounges

Auckland, Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney, Tamworth and Tokyo lounges to be refit

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Qantas has earmarked a multi-million-dollar upgrade program for six of its airport lounges in Auckland, Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney, Tamworth and Tokyo.

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said the extended lounge program would be across international, domestic and regional airports.

“Over the past few years, we’ve been steadily renewing lounges right across our network. This next wave of improvements that we’re announcing today will improve our customers’ overall travel experience,” Joyce said.

“We know the lounge experience is a key part of people’s journey and it’s also how we reward our most frequent flyers. 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.”

The lounge locations are:

  • Sydney – The flagship Sydney International First lounge will be refreshed and expanded by 15%.
  • Auckland – The First and Business Lounges in Auckland will be redesigned into a single lounge based on the format of Qantas’ international lounges in London and Hong Kong.
  • Tokyo – The Narita lounge will be refreshed with a new design and improved dining options.
  • Brisbane – The Brisbane International Lounge will be expanded to cater for an additional 100 guests and completed in early 2019.
  • Hobart and Tamworth – Both lounges will be completely redesigned with more space and seating.

Today’s announcements are in addition to lounge upgrades currently underway in Melbourne and Sydney.

The Melbourne Qantas Club and Domestic Business Lounge are currently being redeveloped. The first phase of the redesigned Melbourne Domestic Business Lounge opens tomorrow, and once complete will feature a Spice Bar serving freshly made Asian street food. Both lounges will be completed by November this year.

Qantas is also building a new Sydney International Business Lounge with 35% more seating.

Lead image: rendering of the Brisbane International Lounge expansion.

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