Executive Traveller exclusive
Qantas is rolling out the welcome mat at its Perth International Transit Lounge for lounge-worthy travellers on all international flights, not just the Boeing 787-9 service to and from London.
That's good news for passengers on the daily Perth-Singapore flight, who’ve previously been directed to the domestic Qantas Business Lounge and Qantas Club at Terminal 4 – not that there’s anything wrong with a slice or two (or three) of the business class lounge’s popular pizza.
But the newer Perth International Transit Lounge boasts an outdoor BBQ dining area and bar, along with 15 spacious and well-appointed shower suites…
… and it’s much more convenient for overseas flights the domestic business lounge, being in the ‘international wing’ of Terminal 3, behind security and directly across from the gates used for international flights.
Qantas developed the lounge exclusively for its Perth-London flights, building in a number of “bespoke health and wellness options to support your wellbeing pre- and post- ultra long haul travel.”
And yes, that did include a yoga studio where travellers setting off for London could take a guided 15-minute class of ‘calming and grounding’ with breathing exercises, while those stepping off the 16+ hour trek from London welcomed sessions to stretch and loosening their muscles.
Now for the not-so-good news: Executive Traveller understands this open access arrangement is only on a short-term basis, and is geared to capacity in the 141-seat lounge.
Once the Perth International Transit Lounge approaches its limits, the airline expects to swing all Singapore-bound flyers back to the domestic business class lounge.
In addition to the current Perth-London and Perth-Singapore flights, the International Transit Lounge will also host travellers to and from Rome when the Sydney-Perth-Rome route kicks off on June 22, and potentially the long-awaited and still-under-discussion Qantas service between Perth and Johannesburg.
As previous reported, Qantas has permanently closed its lounge at Perth’s designated T1 international terminal, as the airline intends to run all overseas flights from its T3 international wing, which is part of the domestic T3/T4 ‘Qantas precinct’.