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Qantas begins work on Adelaide lounge refresh

written by Jake Nelson | June 7, 2024

A render of the new Qantas business lounge at Adelaide Airport. (Image: Qantas)

Qantas is set to begin construction on upgrades to its lounge precinct at Adelaide Airport.

A new domestic business lounge will be constructed in Adelaide, while the airport’s current Qantas Club and Chairman’s Lounge will be fully refurbished. The overhaul is part of a $100 million investment by Qantas in enhancing its lounges around the world.

According to Qantas’ executive manager for product and service, Phil Capps, the design will take inspiration from the landscapes and culture of South Australia.

“Our local design philosophy means the new Adelaide Lounge Precinct will celebrate the best of South Australia,” he said.

“From the furnishing and artworks through to the premium food and beverages, we want to give our customers a taste of South Australia every time they fly with us. Our customers can also expect to see more of the features they’ve told us they value the most.

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“We’re installing extra seating throughout the precinct to provide more space to work, and around 80 per cent of seats will have access to power stations and device ports so customers can easily charge up before their flight.”

Seating capacity is expected to increase by around 10 per cent after the upgrades, though the footprint of the lounges will remain the same; this is due to better use of under-utilised space, Qantas says.

“Throughout the construction phase, the existing Qantas Club will continue to operate for eligible customers one hour prior to the first Qantas operated service until the last departure,” the Flying Kangaroo said in a press release.

“A ‘Grab and Go’ offering with premium breakfast options and barista coffee will be available during busy morning peak travel times if the lounges reach capacity.”

The Qantas Club refit is expected to open in November this year, while the new domestic business lounge will open in mid-2025.

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