Brisbane’s My Lounge set to reopen next month

Formerly the home of Virgin Australia, the lounge will offer paid access to passengers on any airline.

By David Flynn, January 16 2023
Brisbane’s My Lounge set to reopen next month

International flyers headed out from Brisbane will soon gain another lounge option, with the My Lounge space aiming for a February reopening.

Previously better known as the Virgin Australia lounge and operated by UK-based No1 Lounges, the relaxed space is now owned by Swissport and sits in the firm’s Aspire lounge family – although it will retain its own My Lounge branding, as do The House lounges in Sydney and Melbourne.

My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.
My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.

A spokesperson for Swissport tells Executive Traveller the My Lounge “is looking at opening in February”, although a firm date has not yet been locked in.

The lounge was previously primed to unlock its doors in the second half of 2022, but with international traffic at Brisbane Airport now “above 60%” of 2019 levels, there should be enough travellers to justify a reboot for the compact space.

My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.
My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.

Brisbane’s My Lounge has a decidedly casual vibe, right down to a relatively open design which at first glance could seem more like a duty-free boutique or newsstand than a lounge.

My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.
My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.

When it opened in 2019 the My Lounge concept was positioned as a ‘social space’, slotting in beneath the 'jetset lounging’ vibe of The House, having been “specifically designed in the style of a loft apartment” as a “relaxed contemporary environment.”

My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.
My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.

In addition to a buffet spread, self-pour bar and barista-pulled coffee, guests could entertain themselves in a small games room; other standard lounge facilities included showers and a small working area.

My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.
My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.

It’s not known if the 108-seat lounge will once again become the default port of call for Virgin Australia’s business class passengers, Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyers and members of the Virgin Australia Lounge program.

My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.
My Lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal.

However, Swissport will also make My Lounge available as a paid-access lounge for travellers on any airline, putting it in competition with Brisbane’s Plaza Premium lounge.

Swissport’s most recent entries into the Australian loungescape include domestic and international lounges at Perth Airport.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

12 May 2022

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Surely Virgin will offer this to its Velocity Gold/Platinum and Bus Class travellers again.

They have several international routes of their own now either in operation or planned routes starting soon without any international lounge for their valued customers.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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I really hope Virgin have an agreement to use this facility, as lounge access for international flights is one part of their business that is severely lacking for top level frequent flyers.

As always, I’m sure David and the ET team will keep us posted.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

12 May 2022

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Agreed.  It's all very odd that when I am checking in for my Qatar flight I can show my Velocity Platinum Status and get handed a pass to enter a lounge yet if I'm flying directly with a VA-branded plane, no such luck.

What an odd situation we are currently in.


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