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Virgin Australia to open new Canberra airport lounges in March

By David Flynn     Filed under: Canberra Airport, Virgin Australia, Virgin Australia Lounge

Virgin Australia will open two new lounges at Canberra in March as the airport’s new Western Concourse Terminal, which will be home to Virgin and regional carriers, becomes operational.

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman confirms the airline is “on track to open the lounge in March”, adding that the exact date isn’t confirmed – although Canberra Airport hopes to cut the ribbon on its shiny new terminal extension around the middle of the month.

Virgin’s twin Canberra lounges will share a massive footprint that’s substantially larger than the old well-worn lounge.

In addition to the standard Virgin lounge for business class travellers, lounge members and Platinum and Gold cardholders in the Velocity frequent flyer scheme there’ll also be an addition to The Club network of Virgin’s invitation-only lounges for hosting politicians, top-level executives and other VIPs.

The new lounges represent a vital catch-up for Virgin Australia’s capital presence, given that Qantas has been operating three modern lounges – the Qantas Club, Qantas Business Lounges and Chairman’s Lounge – in the airport’s Eastern Concourse Terminal since late 2010.

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Also on Virgin’s lounge list for 2013 are Cairns and Hobart plus the mid-year completion of a substantial makeover for its Sydney Airport lounge, which will become a split-level flagship lounge for the airline.

A new upper level of the Sydney lounge opened in late December, with sections of the lower level being progressively renovated throughout the coming months.

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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.

 

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1 on 25/1/13 by AirportAddict

If you imagine the lounge space as a mirror to the QF lounges space, it seems the VA lounges will be huge! Qantas currently has three lounges in that space and has one of their biggest lounges in CBR so lets look forward to some big lounges!

1 on 25/1/13 by romaau

I believe Virgin will not be utilising the entire space. Some of it will be reserved for pottential Internatial space.

2 on 25/1/13 by Al

The old CBR lounge really was a real rat-hole, sorry if that offends anybody from Virigh but you all know that to be true! Can't wait to see the new one!

3 on 26/1/13 by Ascent

What happened to the DRW lounge ? 

1 on 26/1/13 by aero-seat

It's still coming, but Virgin hasn't said when it will open

2 on 26/1/13 by Chris Tudehope

It's opening mid next year. There were delays in starting construction at the terminal (starting in a matter of weeks), with full completion expected at the end of next year, with the first stage (which I beleive, though am not certain, contains the Virgin Lounge) opening mid next year.

 

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