Qantas expects to fling open the doors to more airport lounges next week, including its Brisbane Business Lounge and Qantas Club, along with most other Qantas Clubs across Queensland.
They'll join the first wave of Qantas lounges, which pulled up the shutters as of July 1, and will mean more than half of the airline's domestic lounges will be back in business.
However, Qantas has confirmed to Executive Traveller that plans to reopen Melbourne's Business Lounge and Qantas Club from July 10 will be pushed back due to the state's second wave of Covid-19 infections, which this morning sparked a closure of the NSW and Victorian borders.
Brisbane's Business Lounge will be open in time for passengers making their farewells to the Qantas Boeing 747 on Wednesday July 15's 'Jumbo Joy Flight'.
Here's the list of Queensland lounges that are "scheduled for progressive reopening from July 10", as current gathering restrictions are eased and the mid-year school holiday season kicks in:
- Brisbane Business Lounge and Qantas Club
- Cairns Qantas Club
- Emerald Qantas Club
- Gladstone Qantas Club
- Mackay Qantas Club
- Rockhampton Qantas Club
- Townsville Qantas Club
All Qantas airport lounges currently face capacity limits to comply with state-specific restrictions on indoor gatherings, either in terms of how many people are permitted to gather in a single space or in observing physical distancing of between 2-4m2.
As previously reported, self-serve buffet, snacks and drinks have been replaced by a more personalised service, including tray-around meals.
Sometime in August 2020, the elite Chairman's Lounges will once again welcome invitation-only members to what Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce has described as "probably the most exclusive club in the country."
August will also see the reopening of the following Qantas Club lounges, although this is subject to change and in some cases could even be brought forward if travel demand sees the already-opened Business Lounges of some cities reaching capacity faster than expected:
- Sydney Qantas Club
- Canberra Qantas Club
- Gold Coast Qantas Club
- Perth Qantas Club
- Port Hedland Qantas Club
- Hobart Qantas Club
- Devonport Qantas Club
- Darwin Qantas Club
As you'd expect, all Qantas international lounges remain closed while there are no international Qantas flights, although that's expected to change once 'travel bubbles' are established for selected overseas destinations such as New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and even Hawaii.