Qantas will reopen domestic and regional lounges in Australia from this week

As of 1st July, Qantas will begin reopening a number of its domestic and regional lounges across Australia, following restrictions on travel and venues being loosened and demand for domestic flights increasing.

Importantly, this will be a phased opening that will only include a limited number of lounges in first wave, specifically eleven including Qantas Business Lounges in Perth, Sydney and Canberra as well as Regional Lounges in Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Tamworth and more.

The openings will come with a few caveats, such as limited capacity and a “personalised tray-around service” replacing the typical self-service buffet. An all-day snacking station will also be available in the lounges, with individually plated items rotated daily between the likes of roast field mushrooms, kale and cheese tarts with tomato relish, bacon and egg rolls, bacon, chilli and parmesan frittatas, blackberry cheesecakes, and more.

Melbourne’s popular Spice Bar and Perth’s dedicated Pizza Bar will also be in available in their respective lounges.

Other changes lounge guests can expect include disposable coffee cups, additional cleaning protocols, and sanitising stations.

“We’re really pleased to welcome our Frequent Flyers back to our lounges across the country and get more of our people back to work,” said Qantas Chief Customer Officer, Stephanie Tully, who references the airline’s enhanced standards of cleanliness as a major reason for the reopenings. ”

The Regional Lounge in Alice Springs will be one of the first to reopen, bringing with it a brand new look as it debuts new furniture, work benches, more data and power outlets, and wallpaper designed by Indigenous artist Jimmy Pike.

Qantas promise that specific plans are in place to reopen Qantas Clubs and Chairmans Lounges in the coming weeks, but for now expect the following lounges to welcome guests from 1st July, with limited capacity allowances.

  • Sydney Business Lounge (capacity capped at 347)
  • Canberra Business Lounge (capacity capped at 100)
  • Perth Domestic Business Lounge (capacity capped at 350)
  • Adelaide Qantas Club (capacity capped at 468)
  • Alice Springs Regional Lounge (capacity capped at 68)
  • Launceston Regional Lounge (capacity capped at 23)
  • Kalgoorlie Regional Lounge (capacity capped at 50)
  • Broome Regional Lounge (capacity capped at 48)
  • Karratha Regional Lounge (capacity capped at 80)
  • Tamworth Regional Lounge (capacity capped at 21)
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Lounge (capacity capped at 23)

Queensland and Victoria lounges are scheduled for progressive reopening from July 10 as current gathering restrictions are eased.

All Qantas Lounges at international airports both in Australia and overseas remain closed.

Qantas has automatically extended Qantas Club membership for six months for those eligible paid Qantas Club members with a membership anniversary between 23 March 2020 and February 2024. Qantas Frequent Flyer also extended member tier status for 12 months.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

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