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Regional Express plans to open a new flagship lounge at Sydney Airport by the end of 2021 as the airline continues to build out its new Boeing 737 network.
Substantially larger than the current Rex Lounge tucked away near Gate G2, the new space will be located on the upper level of Terminal 2, above the semi-circular rotunda near gate 53, and offer views across the airfield.
"In Sydney we're building a brand new lounge... which will be upstairs there," Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp revealed to Executive Traveller on the sidelines of the airline's inaugural Sydney-Melbourne jet service.
"It'll be a good, big lounge with an excellent outlook, if you like outlooks over airports."
Sharp said construction, while yet to begin, "is not far away" and he "fully anticipated" the lounge would be open by the end of this year.
There'll be access for business class passengers, Rex Lounge members, Priority Pass holders and walk-up travellers, and potentially, top-tier members of the rebooted Rex Flyer loyalty scheme.
In addition to being Rex's official base and the hub of the NSW regional network, Sydney now hosts Boeing 737 flights to Melbourne, with services to the Gold Coast starting from April 1, with Sydney-Canberra also under consideration and Brisbane still not being ruled out, Sharp says.
The airline's Adelaide lounge – which will see Boeing 737 services from Melbourne as of March 31 – will also see some improvements.
"We've got a nice lounge in Adelaide and we're looking at a new site, or an expansion of the existing lounge," Sharp told Executive Traveller.
"We're in negotiations at the moment, and that negotiation is coming to a head soon."