Qantas is pushing back its previous plans to re-open more domestic Qantas Clubs, Business Lounges and Chairman’s Lounges across Australia, with affected facilities now keeping the shutters down until at least September.
With the impacts extending across every Australian state and territory, here’s what you need to know.
Further Qantas Club re-openings deferred
Qantas had previously expected to re-open all Queensland Qantas Clubs in July and most other Qantas Club lounges across Australia “from August”. However, these re-openings are all now planned “from September”.
This affects what would normally be the busiest Qantas Clubs in the airline’s domestic network, in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth, along with Qantas Club lounges in Darwin, Devonport, Gold Coast, Hobart, Port Hedland and Rockhampton.
Qantas Club lounges that had previously re-opened are remaining open, including in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Broome, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Emerald, Gladstone, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Tamworth and Townsville.
Chairman’s Lounge re-openings bumped
Like many of those Qantas Clubs, Qantas’ collection of six Chairman’s Lounges were also set to welcome back travellers from August – but these re-openings are also now planned “from September.”
Chairman’s Lounges are found at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth domestic airports, serving members of Qantas’ by-invitation private club of the same name.
Melbourne’s Business Lounge remains closed
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in Victoria, the re-opening of Qantas’ Melbourne Business Lounge had previously been delayed.
Its opening date is now tentatively planned for September 2020, but like Qantas’ other lounges that remain shuttered, this could change again if local restrictions continue to impact travel.
Qantas’ other Business Lounges in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth have all now returned to service, and welcome all lounge-eligible travellers while Qantas Club lounges remain closed in the same cities.
The news comes as Queensland prepares to close its borders for a second time to all visitors travelling from Greater Sydney, from 1am on Saturday August 1, due to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.
This joins Queensland’s existing ban on visitors from Victoria, with Queensland residents returning from the state – and from 1am Saturday, also from Greater Sydney – required to complete two weeks of mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Queensland.