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Qantas’ Singapore lounge now has more seats and more space following today’s opening of a much-needed extension. Qantas Club members and holders of complimentary Qantas lounge passes are once again being welcome at the popular lounge, having been turned away since mid-2018 due to overcrowding.
Qantas magicked up the extra room by taking over a paid luggage storage area located behind a wooden herringbone wall at the far end of the lounge’s main wing.
With the wall pushed back, there are now five long banquettes and scores of individual chairs, plus low round tables each with inbuilt AC and USB outlets.
This has added 74 seats, to bring the lounge’s total capacity to almost 600 passengers, compared to some 460 guests when the lounge debuted in April 2013.
This was the same month that the newly-minted alliance between Qantas and Emirates saw Singapore dropped in favour of Dubai as the stopover for Airbus A380 flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London.
However, when Qantas reversed that decision in March 2018, the Singapore lounge was quickly pushed to its limits during peak evening periods – a condition which saw Qantas Club members, and for a while even some Gold-grade Qantas frequent flyers, being sent to other nearby lounges in the terminal.
Qantas says the additional seating means there’s now sufficient room for Qantas Club members and travellers with a complimentary Qantas lounge pass ahead of the airline’s wave of evening flights.
“With the return of our Singapore hub, we are seeing strong demand for travel in premium cabins,” says Qantas International Acting CEO, Mr Naren Kumar.
The lounge itself is also being rebranded as the Singapore Business Lounge, in readiness for the November 2019 opening of Qantas’ new Singapore First Lounge.
The 240-seat first class lounge – located in a seperate part of Changi Terminal 1 – will be a crowd-buster for the main business class lounge, catering to not only first class passengers on Qantas' Airbus A380s but Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers and Chairman's Lounge members.