Virgin Australia could open the country's first airport lounge dedicated to workers in the mining and resources sector later this year.
It's one of several options for the airline's Brisbane domestic terminal following the expansion of Virgin's Brisbane lounge and the subsequent closure of the short-term 'cafe lounge' located between gate 41 and the airport's satellite pier, which served as an overflow space for the main lounge during peak travel periods.
With the newly-expanded lounge now boasting room for over 400 travellers, the cafe lounge is now largely redundant – opening the door to new ways to use the space, which previously boasted its own barista coffee service and chilled buffet plus views over the tarmac.
One option on the table is to designate it as ‘mining and resources’ lounge, Virgin Australia Chief Customer Officer Mark Hassell tells Australian Business Traveller.
"We’ve got to decide what we want to do with that cafe lounge" he shares. "It could be a mining and resources opportunity for us – potentially, if those guests want a separate area."
“If fly-in, fly-out travellers kind of want a different experience than (the standard lounge), maybe we can do something with (the café lounge), because we’ve now got an opportunity to do that, but really that would be if there’s demand from their point-of-view,” Hassell adds.
As for a separate Virgin Australia lounge for business class travellers and Platinum frequent flyers to mirror Qantas? “No, we don’t have any plans on that,” said Hassell.
Travellers in the mining and resources sectors: would you prefer a separate space at Brisbane Airport, and what would you ideally find inside beyond VA's regular lounge offering?
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