Qantas closes Alice Springs lounge ahead of refresh

The Red Roo's airport lounge at the Red Centre is in line for a refresh.

By David Flynn, January 28 2020
Qantas closes Alice Springs lounge ahead of refresh

Qantas is pulling down the shutters on its Qantas Club at Alice Springs Airport so that the space can be given a refreshing facelift.

The gussied-up Alice Springs Qantas Club will sport new furniture, and more of it – the total seating capacity will increase by some 25%, up to 105 guests. Those visitors will be able to tuck into "a larger buffet area with a variety of food and beverage options", the airline says.

Other improvements will include multi-purpose work benches and a goodly peppering of AC/USB outlets throughout the lounge, reflecting that almost everybody these days seems to travel with either a smartphone, tablet or laptop (and often at least two of those).

"Customers will have access to meeting rooms, shower suites, high-speed WiFi, news and Foxtel (and) flexible zones to work or relax with front row views of the runway," the airline promises.

The lounge's new look is being shaped by Darwin-based Gabbert Design and will draw from local influences in both materials and colours, "with timber finishes and palette inspired by the region" – similar to what's been done at other regional lounges such as Karratha (pictured atop this article).

But there's no gain without at least a little pain. In the case of the Alice Springs Qantas Club, this means the lounge will be closed  from February 3 until late March 2020. Lounge-worthy passengers checking in for Qantas flights will be provided with a $15 voucher for the airport's Café Terra Rossa.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


22 Oct 2012

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This is good news. This lounge would have to be one of their smallest, and it can be so crowded that people are left standing. Sensible that the work is being done during the hot summer.

QF - Red

23 Nov 2012

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Wen is it expected to reopen?


22 Oct 2012

Total posts 316

The last paragraph says "late March 2020".

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2015

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Doesn't get any smaller or horrible than the Port Hedland shack (you can't call it a lounge)

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