Overseas travel is back – at least, to New Zealand - and Qantas is reopening its international lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to cater for flyers eager to take advantage of the quarantine-free 'travel bubble'.
Sydney and Melbourne are getting all the attention – perhaps understandably, as both feature flagship first class lounges – but what's in store for Brisbane-based flyers at Qantas' Brisbane International Lounge?
Access will be largely as before: business class passengers; Qantas frequent flyers with Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status (and their equivalents at partner airlines such as Oneworld carriers); and Qantas Club members.
Executive Traveller understands that complimentary lounge passes will be added to that list in early-mid May.
However, the lounge's opening hours will follow Qantas' schedule for international flights from Brisbane: it'll open three hours before the first departure, and close after the last flight leaves.
At the start of the NZ travel bubble, this will generally mean around 6.30am – ahead of QF119 to Auckland – to 12 noon (for QF135 to Christchurch).
In line with current health regulations, buffets and other self-service food and drinks won't be available.
"We'll be doing some à la carte offerings," Qantas' Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully tells Executive Traveller, with lounge staff taking orders and delivering food to your table.
This will include a variety of dishes from healthy breakfast bowls to Bircher muesli and yoghurt.
Tully says "there will also be some hosted buffet-type offering", similar to what was seen in the domestic Qantas Business lounges when they first reopened.