Executive Traveller exclusive
International flyers headed out from Brisbane will soon gain another lounge option, with the My Lounge digs due to reopen “in the coming months.”
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.
A spokesperson for Swissport tells Executive Traveller the My Lounge “is set to reopen in the coming months” – and while reluctant to circle a specific date in the calendar, the spokesperson added the lounge “was looking to open as soon as international travellers pick up, and indications are increasingly positive.”
Debuting in September 2019, 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.
When it opened, 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.”
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.
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.
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 is also partnering with Luxury Escapes to include lounge access part of travel deals “or as an optional extra to members”, with its Australian lounges to gain ancillary Luxury Escapes co-branding.