The Qantas Business Lounges at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra airports open their doors again today, having been closed for "routine cleaning and maintenance" since Christmas Eve.
Qantas says that business class travellers and its top-tier Platinum-grade frequent flyers will find the lounges refreshed and ready for another busy year.
For example, the Qantas Business Lounge at Sydney Airport's domestic T3 terminal has seen its walls and ceilings repainted, while the benchtops and floors were rebuffed and polished and the bathrooms given a spruce-up.
A Qantas spokesperson said the Christmas period "is one of the quietest times for our Domestic Business Lounges", making it the best time for more intensive work which can't be carried out when the lounges close for the evening.
"Services to Domestic Business Lounges across the network included bathroom restoration and deep cleaning, floor polishing, furniture cleaning and repairs, equipment servicing and maintenance, deep steam cleaning of carpets and paint refreshes" the spokesperson explained.
Similar "deep cleans and maintenance" in the larger but more crowded Qantas Clubs are "handled differently" to the business lounges, the spokesperson said, being scheduled over a number of evenings and where required can cordoned off temporarily."
Perhaps the most noticeable change for travellers who've not visited a Qantas lounge since December will be that all staff are now wearing the airline's new-look uniforms, while behind the scenes Accor has taken over management of the domestic lounges.
Accor already manages Qantas' international lounges in Australia, along with the Qantas Singapore Lounge, and will also bring the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge under its wing when that opens in March this year.
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