Qantas has announced a further $100 million investment in its lounge network. In the latest announcement, the following lounges will be receiving attention:
- New First Lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport
- Re-opening of a refreshed Hong Kong International Lounge
- Complete refurbishment and expansion of the International Business Lounge in Sydney
- Updated and expanded International Business Lounge in Melbourne
- New Hobart Qantas Club
- New Broome Regional Lounge with double the seats
The announcement is in addition to a previous announcement of works across multiple lounges.
The latest announcement says that the work will take place over three years.
LONDON FIRST LOUNGE
- Construction of a brand new flagship First Lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport. The new lounge is being launched to align with the launch of Project Sunrise direct flights between the UK and the east coast of Australia.
- The First Lounge will operate alongside the current International Lounge, which will become a dedicated International Business Lounge.
- On the current schedule, it will open in 2025
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL LOUNGE
- The Qantas Hong Kong International Lounge will reopen. While it was closed and vacated during the pandemic, it is currently undergoing a refresh. On the current schedule, it will open in April 2023. The popular yum cha trolley will return.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LOUNGE
- The Qantas Business Class Lounge at Melbourne International Airport will be redeveloped. This will increase its capacity by up to 30%.
- Will include a full internal refresh and a new signature food and beverage concept. Work will take place in stages from late 2023, targeting stage one to open in mid 2024.
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LOUNGE
- Redevelopment of existing Business Class Lounge at Sydney International Airport pending confirmation of Sydney Airport terminal upgrade plans. The current proposal sees a full redesign and rebuild from scratch. This will see capacity increase by 40 per cent to more than 600 seats.
- A new signature food and beverage offering. Work is estimated to commence early 2024 with completion of stage one estimated by early 2025
HOBART QANTAS CLUB
- Proposed relocation into a brand new Hobart Qantas Club with larger premises in line with the overall terminal redevelopment. Targeting a 50 per cent increase in capacity from 96 to approximately 150 seats.
BROOME REGIONAL LOUNGE
- Construction of a brand new Regional Lounge to open in 2024 that will double the capacity of the existing lounge from 49 to approximately 100 seats. This need to expand follows consistently strong demand from premium leisure travellers to the destination.