Virgin Australia Opens New Gold Coast Airport Lounge
6th Jun 2012
The opening of the new Gold Coast lounge by Virgin Australia offers a welcome relief to passengers who use the busy airport which, until now, has a sole lounge for Jetstar clients.
This new traveler's lounge, which seats 135 people in a 680 square meters floor area, is the third such facility by Virgin, after Melbourne and Brisbane. It is said to be quite identical to the one in Brisbane, only smaller.
There are two areas of the lounge that provide passengers the benefit of a peaceful and soothing atmosphere as they don't equip with TV sets.
Inside the Gold Coast Lounge
The new lounge sits on the mezzanine floor of the airport, near gates 1 and 2. The Gold and Platinum members of Virgin's Velocity frequent flier program as well as all business class travelers on Virgin Australia may use the facility.
Another perk for cardholders of Velocity Gold and Platinum is the 'anytime access' feature of the lounge which allows them to use the facility even when they're not flying with Virgin Australia or its partners.
The new facility also features ergonomic seating style as well as the food available that would surely whet your appetite. A private meeting room can also be booked for a small group complete with basic amenities. Moreover, it is equipped with computers and printers available for use. Wi-fi access is free inside the lounge.
The Gold Coast Buttons Up For Business
The new lounge is a testament to Virgin Australia's commitment to its business travelers living in Gold Coast and the city's importance as a business center.
The support of the city council for its business community is visible through the building of appropriate infrastructures. This has attracted many businesses to the city that boosts air travel in the region. For instance, Virgin Australia has flown more than 2.1 million passengers every year along its Gold Coast route.
Up Next: A Flagship Lounge For Sydney
At the end of this year, Virgin Australia will launch its so-called 'flagship lounge' in Sydney, which is going to have two levels of dedicated comfort and style.
This old lounge will be renovated into a chic two-level facility that would make it an indoor architectural masterpiece to be designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, an architectural firm based in Sydney.
The present lounge is situated on the lower level of the terminal building whose mezzanine floor has been in use by the airport as a function room. Virgin will include the mezzanine floor for its expanded lounge. With the upper floor's inclusion, the entire lounge shall hold up to 560 people or more than 250 at its present capacity.
Rumors have it that Virgin will also provide a 'premium' space at the upper level similar to Qantas' Chairman Lounge, which shall be dubbed "Invite+".