Good things often come in threes. That’s certainly the case at Doha’s Hamad International Airport, where flag carrier Qatar Airways has officially unveiled not one, not two but three dedicated new lounges where frequent flyers can relax and enjoy a bite before their flight.
Designed for passengers seated in economy or premium economy, the new trio of Platinum, Gold and Silver lounges join Qatar Airways’ flagship Al Safwa first class and Al Mourjan business class lounges, which are reserved for travellers in those respective cabins.
Although frequent flyer lounges tend to be poorly-regarded compared to their premium business and first counterparts, Qatar Airways aims to change that in these new spaces, with modern amenities for business and leisure guests, stylish seating options and impressive tarmac views.
Open to Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum members and Oneworld Emerald card holders (including Qantas Platinums), the Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge South – located at Hamad International Airport’s Concourse A – can treat up to 140 passengers with à la carte and buffet dining, showers, a quiet area, and a prayer room.
The Qatar Airways Gold Lounge South – also found at Concourse A – is accessible to Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold members and their Oneworld Sapphire equivalents (such as Qantas Gold): this 85-seat lounge includes family seating, a bar, a dining area and buffet, along with showers.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum and Gold Privilege Club members, and Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members, can also use their ‘plus one’ complimentary access to bring a guest into each of these lounges.
The Qatar Airways Silver Lounge South – which many travellers may have already visited since it first opened in March, and is located at Concourse B – is the go-to for Qatar Airways Privilege Club Silver members, although not Oneworld Ruby card-holders (such as Qantas Silver). This lounge accommodates up to 195 passengers with a family area and a quiet area, buffet dining and baggage storage facilities.
A spokesperson for Qatar Airways told Executive Traveller that access by new partner Virgin Australia’s top-tier Velocity Frequent Flyers to the Platinum South and Gold South lounges was still being finalised.
Australians eager to take a look inside the new transit spaces can make use of Qatar’s daily Airbus A380 superjumbo
service from Sydney, and the daily Boeing 777 services from Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. The newly-boosted Adelaide-Doha route is also jetting off five times a week, while Melbourne and Canberra will see flights increased from October.
As previously reported, Qatar Airways has also reopened its highly-regarded Premium Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 1 to business and first class travellers on Qatar Airways and Oneworld partners such as British Airways, Finnair and Qantas.