Virgin Australia will double the size of its Brisbane Airport lounge and add a fast-track Premium Entry facility modelled along the same lines as that of its flagship lounge at Sydney.
This will let business travellers and top-tier Velocity Frequent Flyers enter the lounge straight from the kerbside valet service, without having to enter the main terminal.
Designed for travellers with only cabin bags, passengers still have the option of using Premium Entry after completing the traditional bag drop formalities – although in Brisbane, there's already a priority screening lane adjacent to priority check-in.
The renovations will also see the return of meeting rooms to Virgin's lounge in Brisbane, with expansion works due to be completed by mid-2015, Virgin Australia says.
"We have doubled the size of both the Melbourne and Sydney lounge and we are now doubling the size of Brisbane" said Virgin Australia Chief Customer Officer Mark Hassell, "further demonstrating that our strategy to attract business and corporate travellers is working."
Brisbane's Premium Entry will follow a new 'Premium Exit' in Virgin's Melbourne lounge, set to open this July.
Offering travellers direct access from the lounge to the airport's northern departure gates, the concept is adapted for Melbourne based on the privacy of Sydney's Premium Entry.
With the Virgin Australia Melbourne lounge too far inside for its own direct entry, the focus of Premium Exit is to get passengers from the lounge to the boarding gate as quickly as possible – particularly as most don't leave the lounge until their flight is called for boarding.
"We are looking forward to introducing new priority services in Brisbane and Melbourne so our guests in these key ports can enjoy more time in the lounge prior to their flight."
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