Qantas Combines First and Business Class Brisbane Lounge into Premium

16th Aug 2015

Australian carrier Qantas will combine its first and business class international lounges at the Brisbane Airport into a premium lounge as a part of upgrading its facilities at this airport.

In addition, the carrier is also set to increase the capacity at its domestic terminal by 30 per cent at the airport. This would include redesigning the existing Qantas Club lounge and making a new Chairman's lounge and business lounge.

The exact date of construction has not yet been revealed, but it will begin by the year's end and the various projects should be completed in stages throughout the next year and early 2017.

CEO of Qantas Alan Joyce explained the upgrades were part of the carrier's ongoing transformation. He said:

"During the past two years we have invested in new lounges, upgrades to our A330 aircraft and rolled out more in-flight entertainment options than ever before. Brisbane is a crucial hub providing connections between our major domestic routes and services into regional areas as well as international flights to Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong and as of a few weeks ago, daily flights to Tokyo."

Of the airports it operates from, Qantas still has first class international lounges in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Los Angeles in United States. The carrier, however, uses mixed (first and business class) lounges in Singapore, Hong Kong, and with this, Brisbane.

The Australia airline does not offer first class on its international flights out of Brisbane. However, platinum frequent flyers are granted access to first class lounges where they exist. At Brisbane Airport, there is one such lounge, with more personalized service, but this one is considered outdated and inferior to those at Melbourne and Sydney by customers.

At the same time, Qantas is not the only one making changes to its Brisbane lounges, as Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia's partner is planning to revamp its international lounge at this airport. Air NZ announced the works to start in the near future.