Qatar Airways will open a new lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport in early 2020, adding another option for business class and first class passengers of the Gulf airline and its Oneworld siblings. This will be the airline’s fifth Premium Lounge outside its bustling Doha hub, and its second in Asia after Bangkok.
Qatar Airways’ Singapore Premium Lounge will be located on the upper ‘lounge level’ of Terminal 1, adjacent to the Emirates and Plaza Premium lounges at the start of the C Gates wing, and is slated to open “in early 2020”, a person familiar with the matter told Executive Traveller.
The lounge is currently under construction in a previously open space and is surrounded by hoardings, but an examination of the T1 floorplan shows it will be approximately the same size as the Emirates lounge – albeit without the runway views, as Qatar’s lounge is located within the body of the terminal.
Qatar Airways has been approached for comment, while Changi Airport Group spokesman Christopher Teo referred Executive Traveller to Qatar Airways.
This will see four lounges open to eligible travellers on the five Oneworld airlines – British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Qatar Airways – which fly from Changi T1, as the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge will join the British Airways lounge, the Qantas Business lounge and from November 2019, the Qantas First lounge.
The Qatar Airways Singapore lounge experience
The design and facilities of Qatar Airways’ Singapore Premium Lounge will likely be along the same lines as its London, Paris and Bangkok counterparts, which means a refined space with a sense of seclusion.
Qatar Airways describes its Premium Lounges as being “more of a boutique hotel or private club than a lounge.” The decor typically embraces the airline’s Gulf routes with an Arabian water fountain and mosaic patterns, as well as a subtle Mediterranean influence.
Passengers should be able to look forward to an à la carte dining room, which is a rarity in any business class lounge and more typically the domain of an upmarket first class lounge.
Also on the list: a ‘deli counter’ self-serve buffet with a selection of both hot and cold dishes, plus a tended bar with Champagne and made-to-order cocktails.
To freshen up ahead of the eight hour flight to Doha (or even British Airways’ longer 13-hour trek to London), expect several spacious and well-appointed shower suites.
Qatar Airways Singapore lounge access
Qatar Airways Premium Lounges are the exclusive domain of business class and first class travellers on the airline and fellow Oneworld airlines.
This means that frequent flyers booked into premium economy or economy – even Platinum members of Qatar Airways’ own Privilege Club, along with their Oneworld Emerald equivalents (such as Qantas Platinum, British Airways Gold and the like) – won’t be allowed into Qatar Airways’ Singapore lounge.
Instead, they can expect to be redirected to the nearby British Airways and Qantas lounges, where they’ll be allowed entry under the broader provisions of the Oneworld alliance.
Qatar Airways also enforces a strict ‘smart dress code’ at its lounges. For example, Qatar’s Bangkok lounge decrees that “tattered jeans, shorts, beach ware, vests or revealing clothing and flip-flops (thongs) are not permitted.”
Qatar Airways Singapore lounge opening hours
While Qatar Airways has yet to confirm the opening hours of its new Singapore lounge, its other Premium Lounges generally open three hours before each flight departs.
Qatar Airways currently has three daily flights between Singapore and Doha, each of which features the Airbus A350-100 with its exceptional Qsuites business class.
At the time of writing those flights depart at 2.15am, 10.45am and 9.25pm, which would see Qatar Airways’ Singapore lounge opening hours set approximately as follows:
- 7.30am to 10.30 (ahead of QR843)
- 6pm to 9pm (ahead of QR947)
- 11pm to 2am (ahead of QR945)
That said, it’s possible that the lounge might remain open all the way from 6pm through to 2am – which could make this a very appealing proposition for eligible travellers on the late night departures of British Airways, Finnair, JAL and Qantas.