Qantas highlights outdoor space in proposed new Perth lounge

An artist's impression of Qantas's new Perth Airport lounge to be located in the Terminal 3/4 precinct. (Qantas)
An artist’s impression of Qantas’s new Perth Airport lounge to be located in the Terminal 3/4 precinct. (Qantas)

Qantas plans to include an outdoor area as part of its new Perth Airport premium passenger lounge to be completed in time for the start of nonstop flights to London Heathrow.

The facility will be located at Qantas’s Terminal 3/4 precinct on the western side of the airfield, which is being upgraded to handle both domestic and international flights by March 2018, allowing transit passengers to have a same-terminal connection for the nonstop Perth-London flight.

Qantas released artist impressions of the new lounge on its website on Tuesday, showing an outdoor area featuring bar and bench seating, a BBQ grill and green wall.

Further, the airline said the lounge would have shower facilities, a “wellness facility” and has been designed for plenty of natural light.

“The new design allows for an outdoor space and natural sunlight, which is something we know our customers will value ahead of a long haul flight,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said in a statement.

In December 2016, Qantas reached an “in-principal agreement” with Perth Airport to move all of its domestic and international services to a new terminal on the eastern side of the airfield by 31 December 2025, as part of a deal to upgrade Terminal 3 for international service.

In the interim, the West Australian government was contributing $14 million towards the cost of reconfiguring Terminal 3 with customs and border processing facilities, as well as additional food and beverage outlets and duty free shopping, to facilitate the start of the Perth-London Heathrow nonstop service in 2018.

The oneworld alliance member’s other international flights from Perth to Singapore and Auckland will also be moved to the Terminal 3/4 precinct in 2018.

“Perth will become the western hub for our international services to the United Kingdom and potentially other European destinations in the future,” Joyce said.

“Combining all of our operations under one roof means customers can transfer from domestic to international services without changing terminals.”

Qantas said the new international transit lounge design was a collaboration between SUMU Design and Australian industrial designer David Caon, who is working with Qantas on the 787-9 interiors.

Meanwhile, the redesign of the Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 precinct was created by architecture firm Noxon Giffen.

An artist's impression of Qantas's new Perth Airport lounge to be located in the Terminal 3/4 precinct. (Qantas)
Qantas is building a new lounge to be completed in time for its Perth-London Heathrow nonstop flights. (Qantas)

Comments

  1. Ben says

    I’m guessing this is the new business lounge that regular QF club people can’t access?

    The outdoor area looks like a winner… pity it looks like any nice view over the airfield will be destroyed by fancy looking holey brick wall. If you had the outdoor area with a view (like the old viewing decks… remember them?) then those of us that actually enjoy looking at planes committing aviation would enjoy being there!

  2. Jonathan Ventham says

    I’ve flown QF up front for nigh on 30 years, yet am now off to SIA

  3. Liam sullivan says

    Can I ask why Jonathan?
    Is it the outdoor space that has got you all worked up?

  4. Craig Willis says

    Ansett used to have an outdoor area for their Lounge in Perth before they left our skies. Handy for a cigarette in the old days.

  5. Aubrey says

    “Combining all of our operations under one roof means customers can transfer from domestic to international services without changing terminals.” Well you know the long term, and only, solution to this, don’t you Joyce? Get behind the consolidation of all services over in the eastern precinct like you should. Methinks that there’s more than a little bit of a dummy spit about all this after Virgin consolidated all their services International, interstate, and regional at the T1/T2 complex. And they did did without any funds from the WA govt as far as I know.