Qantas frequent flyers travelling jetting through Rockhampton can once again enjoy a cosy space to relax before their flight, with the former Regional Lounge reopening to reveal a much-needed renovation – and an upgrade to full Qantas Club status.
It’s the first lounge to open since Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce teased a new wave of lounge upgrades earlier this month; also on that list is an all-new Qantas Business lounge for Adelaide, alongside renovations for the airport’s Qantas Club and Chairman’s Lounge, and a Cinderella-like transformation for the much-maligned Auckland lounges, which will become a London-style premium lounge to serve as the linchpin for Sydney-Auckland-New York flights.
Double the capacity of the previous lounge, the new Rockhampton Qantas Club has a 200 sqm footprint with seating for up to 65 guests and a bird’s eye view of the tarmac.
After refuelling on a selection of sweet and savoury snacks, not to mention premium Australian beers and wines, guests relax on one of the lounges or get down to business with dedicated work areas with high tables. High-speed Wi-Fi is included.
Another notable feature is artworks by local indigenous artist Brandon Butler, paying respect to the traditional owners and representing a journey into the Darumbal Country, on which the airport is located.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing notes the city is a key port for QantasLink and the new Qantas Club has been designed to give frequent flyers a great experience before they take off.
Qantas currently operates 48 services each week to Rockhampton from Brisbane and Mackay, using the airline’s fleet of Q400 and Boeing 717 aircraft.
“The space has been designed with business and leisure travellers in mind,” Gissing says.
“While we expect the lounge will be well utilised by business travellers, it’s also opening just in time for the peak Christmas travel period for our leisure Qantas Club members and tiered frequent flyers.”
The Rockhampton Qantas Club is open one hour prior to each Qantas operated service until the last Qantas departure. Qantas Club members, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One and eligible Oneworld frequent flyers will be able to access the new lounge.