Qantas shutters Brisbane Airport international lounges for make-over

By David Flynn, June 29 2016
Qantas shutters Brisbane Airport international lounges for make-over

Qantas has hung out the 'closed' sign on its first class and business class lounges at Brisbane Airport's international terminal ahead of their renovation into a single Qantas International Premium Lounge.

The all-new lounge is expected to debut in October, with its enlarged footprint and upgraded dining area and bar hosting both business class and first class travellers – along with Qantas Gold and Platinum frequent flyers and their OneWorld equivalents, and  Qantas Club members.

(We expect to see more of the International Premium Lounge brand in the future, and wouldn't be surprised if this is the official moniker for the forthcoming Qantas lounge at London's Heathrow Airport.)

In the meantime, all Qantas lounge-worthy travellers are being directed to the nearby and newly-opened Plaza Premium lounge.

That lounge is arguably a step up compared to the former Qantas international lounges: there's a dedicated dining room with a great selection of meals served throughout the day, plus other areas set aside for working and relaxing.

AusBT review: Plaza Premium Lounge, Brisbane International Airport

However, during peak travel periods when the Plaza Premium lounge is at capacity, Qantas Club members may find themselves unable to use the lounge and instead handed $40 vouchers to redeem at the terminal's many cafes and restaurants.

Top-tier Qantas frequent flyers also have the option of visiting the Emirates Lounge.

On the domestic front, Qantas will overhaul Brisbane's Qantas Club, Qantas Business Lounge and invitation-only Chairman's Lounge in what it terms a 'new lounge precinct' with a staggered opening  planned from early 2017.

Read: Four new Qantas lounges will open at Brisbane Airport this year

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

31 May 2013

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Looks promising! And a good temporary solution whilst renovations are complete, although I wonder if October is slightly optimistic.

havent travelled though Sydney recently, but would be good if Melbourne international  business had a move (somewhere with light) and underwent a Reno- although since the first lounge is so good they may not feel the need.

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09 Feb 2015

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You would be surprised by what a good construction team will achieve in 3-4 months. I cannot wait to see the finished product. BNE would have to be the best international terminal in the country after the last couple years of substantial upgrades, particularly when the terminal is not that old and was only constructed in 1995.

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