Singapore Airlines extends opening hours of Sydney airport lounges

By David Flynn, April 16 2018
Singapore Airlines extends opening hours of Sydney airport lounges

Singapore Airlines will keep its Sydney SilverKris business class and first class lounges open until late evenings from May 1, in keeping with the start of the new SQ288 overnight flight to Singapore via Canberra.

That flight leaves Sydney at 9.20pm, so the airline's lounge will push back its closing time from a standard 6.30pm (outside of summertime) to 9pm to accommodate passengers heading out on the 10-hour trip.

This will also see the lounge accessible to business class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers on any other Star Alliance airlines with late-night departures from Sydney – such as ANA's NH880 flight to Tokyo, which departs at 8.55pm –  as an alternative to the Air New Zealand lounge.

The Singapore Airlines lounge generally offers a wider range of food than the neighbouring AirNZ lounge, although in our experience the WiFi is appallingly slow.


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.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 364

Nice! Yeah, I've been turned away from SQ lounge a couple of times when flying NH, was told they have already "closed", even tho it was only 6pm and their opening hour is suppose to be open until 7pm....

We are flying in with Singapore 1st class to Sydney & have a 4 hour lay-over [domestic] ..can we get access to 1st Kris Lounge on arrival ??.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2213

Cannot. SQ lounge only available for international departures.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Oct 2017

Total posts 87

You can ask. I have found that access is sometimes allowed when the lounge is not busy and the person at reception is not having a bad day.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Nov 2016

Total posts 33

You can't. Airside lounges in SYD are only available to departing passengers. If you arrive in SYD the only way you can access another international lounge is if you are in transit for an onwards international flight.

07 Oct 2012

Total posts 1250

I suspect you're referring to a different lounge

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

14 Mar 2017

Total posts 155

If you are on the same ticket and therefor (I assume) travelling Virgin, you can access the Virgin lounge in the Sydney Domestic terminal.

Departures and Arrivals are separate in Sydney, so you cannot get back into the Lounge unless transiting to another international flight.

06 Nov 2017

Total posts 9

As answered no you can't but you should be able to access the virgin lounge ( if flying them ) though the virgin lounge is no anything special...but a nicer seat and a beer to pass the time beats a domestic gate seat and a $7 can of coke

23 Jul 2018

Total posts 1

Does anyone know whether you can purchase single entry pass to the SQ lounge for an additional guest?

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