Virgin Australia’s business class travellers and top-tier frequent flyers can soon look forward to spending less time in snaking airport security lines and more time in the lounge, with the airline today opening priority lanes at Brisbane and Melbourne.
Brisbane sees the welcome return of the time-saving Premium Entry lane which lets travellers enter the lounge through a dedicated security checkpoint, without having to go to the main terminal.
Designed for travellers with only cabin bags, passengers still have the option of using Premium Entry after completing the traditional bag drop formalities in the terminal.
And with Melbourne’s lounge now behind security, following the closure of T3’s security lanes to funnel all passengers through T4, Virgin is opening a new Priority Screening lane at T4.
However, the Brisbane and Melbourne ‘premium security experience’, as Virgin calls it, will be open only between 5am and 10am weekdays – rather than the original schedule of all day, into the evening and on weekends.
Access to these priority lanes is reserved for:
- business class passengers
- Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers
- members of Virgin’s invitation-only Beyond program
- and “eligible high tier guests” of international partner airlines – a growing roster which has recently added United Airlines and Qatar Airways alongside stalwarts such as Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways
“We know time is important for our most frequent flyers, and our expanded security facilities in Brisbane and Melbourne are a ticket for loyal guests to quickly move through the screening process, so they can spend more time enjoying our lounge experience prior to their flight,” a Virgin Australia spokesperson said.
As for Virgin’s Sydney T2 terminal, which launched the Premium Entry experience and where this valued kerb-to-lounge lane has been shuttered since April 2020, the airline says it is “continuing to work through options with Sydney Airport Corporation.”