Best Australian Domestic Airport Lounge: Qantas
Many Australian business travellers spend as much time at airport lounges as they do in the air.
Our panel voted unanimously in favour of the Qantas Business lounges – open to business class passengers and Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum members – especially now that the vexed issue of wireless Internet has been addressed and the barista service runs into the afternoon.
Best Australian International Airport Lounge: Qantas
Qantas’ flagship Sydney International First Lounge is world-class in every respect, and it’s a prized perk of Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum members.
Marc Newson’s stunning architecture includes dramatic wooden spars cambered like the inside of an airplane wing, which square off against full-length windows overlooking the boarding gates and tarmac, with the Sydney skyline as backdrop.
The gourmet food, wine and service are what you’d expect from an up-market bistro, many dishes sharing ingredients from the restaurants of Qantas’ consulting chef Neil Perry.
That’s topped off with a Payot day spa offering a free range of treatments – facials, massages, even foot and leg wraps – and superbly personal service.
Best Australian International Airport Business Lounge: Emirates
With the Qantas First Lounge being such an exclusive affair, the Australian Business Traveller Awards panel felt that recognition should also be made for a more conventional and accessible business lounge.
Most of the leading international airlines at Sydney and Melbourne airports maintain business lounges but there’s little between them – until you get to the Emirates Lounge at Sydney International Airport.
The decor admittedly needs a refresh but there’s plenty of space, top-notch food (including a raft of lighter options such as European-style deli plates) and drink – pretty much all you need to count down the pre-flight hours in comfort.
The Australian Business Traveller Awards are judged by an independent panel of business travellers and frequent flyers plus the AusBT team, and provide a uniquely Australian perspective on the best products and services for Australia's estimated 2.6 million business travellers.