Virgin Australia to Open New Lounges at Canberra Airport

5th Feb 2013

Virgin Australia is slated to open a couple of lounges at Canberra International Airport's newly-built Western Concourse Terminal building in March this year.

The newest terminal, which is the final addition to the airport, will be host to regional carriers including Virgin when it starts operation.

The opening of the new lounges at the newest terminal was recently confirmed by the airline's spokeswoman. She added, however, that the opening date is tentative as it will depend largely on when the terminal starts to operate. A source said that the airport is set to inaugurate its new terminal sometime in the middle of March.

The total area of the two lounges, when combined, will substantially accommodate more users than the old lounge located at the Southern Concourse Terminal.

Virgin's newest facility will not only cater to its select patrons (such as the business class travelers, lounge members and cardholders of its Velocity Frequent Flyer program with Platinum and Gold statuses) but also distinguished personalities as it will introduce its invitation-only lounge to The Club network. The invitation-only lounge shall host VIPs such as politicians, company bigwigs and similar personalities.

Virgin Australia is trying to attract more premium travelers with its latest offering at the airport's new terminal. The twin lounges is the answer to Qanta's three modern lounges at the Canberra airport - Chairman's Lounge, Qantas Business Lounge and Qantas Club.

In addition to the opening of its twin lounges at the Canberra airport, Virgin is also slated to open two new lounges this year, one each at Cairns and Hobart airports. Moreover, the airline is also on the finishing stages of its lounge renovation at Sydney Airport. The flagship lounge at Sydney, which is due for completion in the middle of this year, will be transformed into a split-level facility.

The upper level was already opened in December 2012 while ongoing works are still being carried out at the lower level.