Virgin Australia will unveil a new 'state of the art' domestic lounge at Adelaide Airport in April 2020, replacing the small and cramped existing facility.
However, the current Virgin Australia lounge will welcome its last guests on Tuesday 25 February 2020, before closing down as part of Adelaide Airport's expansion plans to "significantly upgrade international arrivals and departures and create more retail and dining options for both domestic and international travellers."
From Wednesday February 26, lounge-worthy passengers should make their way to Virgin Australia's 'Summer Pop Up Lounge', located a bit further down the concourse and near Gates 15 - 16.
Virgin Australia's temporary Adelaide lounge
As the pop-up lounge is even smaller than the old space and is only planned to be operational for six weeks, a number of temporary entry restrictions will also be implemented.
- Only Virgin Australia's business class passengers, lounge members and elite Velocity frequent flyers will retain access, but only at 90 minutes before flight departure.
- All partner airline eligible members will be turned away, as well as those with single entry passes and AMEX Platinum/Centurion cards. Arrivals access will also be nixed for eligible passengers. All guests must now be travelling on the same flight as the member and Velocity Platinum members can only bring in two guests, down from three.
- Opening at 60 minutes before the first flight, the pop-up lounge will serve cold grab-and-go items throughout the day, although the staples of barista-pulled coffee and alcoholic beverages after 11am will remain.
- With no toilet or shower facilities, lounge guests will need to venture out to use the airport's facilities.
If the restricted entry rules impact your next trip out of Adelaide, a Priority Pass membership could be the key to keep you from being lounge-less with entry to the nearby REX Lounge.
A breath of fresh air for Adelaide
Executive Traveller understands the Adelaide lounge will also showcase an updated lounge design with a new ‘character’ that will be noticeably different to its domestic siblings, which all draw from a template created by Sydney’s Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects in 2010-2011 and which debuted at Virgin’s Melbourne Airport domestic lounge.
“We are investing in a new lounge product for Adelaide that our customers are going to love,” Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah previously told Executive Traveller.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in airport lounges and I know just how important they are to our passengers, especially a lounge that actually makes it feel relaxing before you travel.”
On his checklist for a good lounge experience? “I value space, power, WiFi, good coffee and good food – it’s the little things that matter most,” Scurrah confided.
More details on the design and features of Virgin Australia's upcoming Adelaide lounge is expected in the coming weeks.