Qantas to open new business class lounge in Adelaide

A new lounge in the South Australian capital is one of several investments coming to Qantas' lounge network.

By Matt Lennon, August 25 2022
Qantas to open new business class lounge in Adelaide

Adelaide will become the latest city to offer a Qantas business class lounge after the national carrier unveiled a multi-million dollar schedule of investments into lounge facilities in both Australia and New Zealand.

Business class passengers along with Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers will have access to a new business class lounge to be constructed alongside, but operating separately to, the existing Qantas Club.

The South Australian capital will join a roster of cities featuring dedicated domestic business class lounges which includes Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Canberra.

Adelaide’s new Qantas domestic business class lounge will feature seating for 190 travellers, with local South Australian food and wine tipped to feature heavily in the dining menu.

Adelaide's Qantas Club is certainly in need of an update.
Adelaide's Qantas Club is certainly in need of an update.

It's not the only investment being made in Adelaide, with both the existing Qantas Club and Qantas Chairman’s Lounge – the latter reopening to its invitation-only clientele late last year – to also be completely renovated.

Redevelopment of the three lounges in Adelaide will begin in the second half of next year and once complete, will see capacity increased to 570 travellers and guests at a time.

Lounge upgrades across the Tasman

Qantas today confirmed upgrades will take place elsewhere on its network, headlined by the merger of its international business and first class lounges at Auckland International Airport which will be coupled with a complete redesign and expansion.

Qantas will finally be upgrading its Auckland lounge.
Qantas will finally be upgrading its Auckland lounge.

The new lounge will feature a revamped menu featuring New Zealand food and wine, with work to begin before the end of 2022.

While no firm opening date for the new lounge has been advised, it is expected to come in time for the resumption by Qantas of flights between Australia and New York City on 14 June 2023, which will travel via Auckland using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Movement on regional lounges

Back in Australia, Qantas will build a new Qantas Club lounge in Rockhampton and Port Hedland as part of overall terminal redevelopments underway in the two regional centres.

Offering seating for up to 60 guests, the new Qantas Club Rockhampton will reopen in November 2022, while the Port Hedland facility will quadruple in size to cater to the growing fly-in-fly-out worker market. Up to 120 travellers will be able to use the lounge in the WA mining town when it again welcomes guests from late 2023.

“We know how much our customers value being able to relax before their flight, whether they’re flying from a major regional port or an international hub,” said Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce.

“Our new Auckland International lounge will be a step change in comfort. It will offer a lot more space and, like all of our offshore lounges, feature the best of local design, food and wine.”

22 May 2011

Total posts 80

Gold FF's as well?  That seems new

24 Aug 2011

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Good news for those eligible for access to the Business Lounge in ADL.  Hopefully, it is not at the cost of those accessing the Qantas Club like happened in MEL where the new Business Lounge meant the MEL Qantas Club went backwards.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Mar 2014

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Totally agree, MEL QF lounge is ordinary to say the least. ADL & DWN were very pleasant. Guaranteed the service to drop at ADL.

06 Sep 2019

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Good news for the Auckland upgrade. I was in the First Lounge there a couple of weeks ago and found it to be a pretty poor offering. I ventured next door to the Business Lounge and found there was a better food offering plus a Barista.

I visited the Perth International Transit Lounge yesterday and found it a great place to spend a few hours. The pork and fennel sausage sandwich from the BBQ was great and it was nice to have the roof open to let the breeze in.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2020

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Must admit I wasn't that enamoured with the Transit Lounge in Perth. Felt a bit pokey to me. That said, a sausage from the BBQ could have made all the difference for me had I had known of it. Off back in a couple of weeks so will be snaffling one then - thanks for the tip :-)

Hope in time we get a First option there too.

Chuffed to see a Business Lounge in ADL though.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Nov 2014

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A little disappointed that the QF Hobart lounge wasn’t mentioned - though I’m guessing that is still on hold waiting for the new terminal project to start… as my home airport so keen for that to be done.

AKL upgrade a really big win. Premium lounge for sure, I wonder if they’ll do the transit lounge design like in Perth?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Aug 2017

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Please, QF, do not turn the Adelaide Qantas Club (which is such a pleasant place to unwind) into the disaster which is the renovated cafeteria, the Melbourne Qantas Club


19 Oct 2019

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Would greatly appreciate a Qantas Club in Newcastle 

11 May 2020

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Would be nice if they fixed the dishwasher in the Sydney lounge. Been a good 4 months now. Must be pretty serious.

14 Feb 2020

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Can Qantas or Virgin please review their situation in the Townsville airport. The Qantas club is very small and basic and Virgin dont even have a business or velocity club. Considering Townsville is the business hub of north Queensland and the largest city in northern Australia this needs to be addressed asap. More businesses and passengers use the Townsville airport for fly in out markets as well as passengers travelling on business to Townsville than in other markets where the airlines have upgraded their pre flight club offer.

29 Jan 2012

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Good to hear the improvement is in place, would however prefer planes in the air rather than buildings on the ground. Firstly much cheaper for QF to tease with Lounge upgrades and deflect attention from their current operational issues, and as mentioned previously, am sure the QC will be canalized like MEL was when the Business extension was enhanced. It is a given! Space costs money which QF is struggling with at the moment.

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