Qantas will close its first class lounge at Singapore, leaving only a business lounge at Changi Airport for Qantas business class travellers as well as Platinum and Gold frequent flyers.
A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed the decision to Australian Business Traveller, adding that with the airline's flagship Airbus A380s moving onto the Sydney-Dubai-London route Qantas would in effect have no first class passengers heading to or from Singapore.
Work began earlier this year on renovations for the Singapore first class lounge, which Qantas intended to be opened by year's end and said would be modelled along the same lines as Qantas' highly-regarded First lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, with a contemporary design by Marc Newson and a Neil Perry menu.
Those plans have now been scrapped and Qantas is now working through the exact size and location of the new business lounge.
However, it's unlikely to need the combined space occupied by the first and business class lounges due to the drastically reduced number of travellers to Singapore.
The Singapore lounges are operated as part of the Qantas-British Airways joint venture, which will be dissolved in March 2013. BA travellers will still have access to the lounge as both airlines will remain part the Oneworld alliance. However, this will still leave BA's first class passengers without a dedicated lounge.
Despite its changed plans for Singapore, Qantas says the upgrade of its first class lounge in Hong Kong will go ahead as planned.
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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.