Singapore Airlines is drawing down the shutters to its SilverKris business class lounge at Adelaide Airport.
The lounge initially closed ‘temporarily’ in March 2020 in line with government restrictions on indoor dining venues, but will now remain closed for good.
"At the request of Adelaide Airport the area was handed back ... to allow the Airport to undertake upgrade works during the current downturn in international travel," a Singapore Airlines spokesperson confirmed to Executive Traveller, adding "we are reviewing future lounge options for our customers in Adelaide."
The airport's new lounge will, like that of Singapore Airlines, be located after passport control and international security screening.
And if you've always secretly fancied a slice of Singapore Airlines' lounge for your office or spare room, now's your chance – the airline is putting the contents of the lounge under the hammer.
Everything from communal seating, cushions and lamps through to kitchen equipment such as fridges and toasters, servery items, wall-mounted TVs, office chairs, light bulbs, storage units and file cabinets are all up for auction.
Adelaide-Singapore flights currently on hold
Singapore Airlines’ flights between Adelaide and Singapore are currently suspended until at least July 2020.
It’s not yet known which lounge eligible Singapore Airlines passengers will use when flights resume, provided that government restrictions allow airport lounges to reopen.
Singapore Airlines’ partner Virgin Australia was scheduled to open an all-new domestic lounge at Adelaide Airport back in April, located within walking distance of the airport’s international departures area, but which has been delayed.
Its opening date remains uncertain, as all Virgin Australia domestic lounges – including the temporary lounge it created in Adelaide during the construction period – were closed by government restrictions in March 2020, and since then, the company has entered voluntary administration and is seeking a buyer.
Future lounge options
Singapore Airlines' Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand uses the Qantas lounge at Adelaide Airport, similarly located in the domestic part of the terminal.
After completing check-in and clearing a first wave of security screening, eligible passengers stop by the domestic Qantas lounge to relax, before making their way through international security screening and outbound passport control to board their flight.
Adelaide Airport's design is similar in concept to both Canberra Airport and Gold Coast Airport, where domestic and international passengers share the same terminal.