China Southern: no Brisbane lounge for business class passengers

China Southern: no Brisbane lounge for business class passengers

Business class travellers and SkyTeam Elite Plus members jetting to Guangzhou with China Southern will now find themselves without airport lounge access in Brisbane.

The airline previously sent its premium passengers to the Air New Zealand lounge in Brisbane, but which is soon to be closed or at least temporarily reduced in size to allow for much-needed refurbishment works.

Instead, these passengers will each receive a $40 voucher to Brisbane River Grill – a new restaurant and bar located past security and near the departure gate normally used by China Southern.

A China Southern spokesperson confirmed the arrangement with Australian Business Traveller, noting that “the restaurant is just as good as our previous lounge, if not better”, and that the voucher scheme was a stop-gap measure “while other lounges are under construction”.

With flight CZ382 pushing back at 9:55am, $40 is more than enough to cover an Eggs Benedict with ham, salmon or mushroom, a fresh serve of orange juice and a glass of sparkling wine with change to spare.

Download: Brisbane River Grill menu [PDF, 2.5MB]

Brisbane Airport Corporation also offers travellers complimentary wireless Internet within the restaurant and terminal areas, with its download limit of 500MB per user sufficient to cover basic tasks such as web browsing and sending and receiving emails with attachments.

Meanwhile, an all-new Plaza Premium Lounge is also scheduled to open by year’s end in Brisbane’s international terminal.

Lounge access arrangements in China Southern’s other Australian ports remain unaffected, with Sydneysiders having access to the SkyTeam lounge and those departing from Melbourne and Perth to the Qantas lounges by special arrangement.

Also read: China Southern axes first class on Brisbane flights

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • Peter Loh


    25 Aug, 2015 01:12 pm

    This is arguably better than what is on offer at the Koru Club anyway.

    Well done CZ!

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  • russell


    25 Aug, 2015 01:15 pm

    Pretty generous and more than enough considering the time of departure. Better menu than you would find on offer in a lounge for breakfast.

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  • Tom Goddard


    25 Aug, 2015 02:28 pm

    Very nice! More than enough dosh to spend!

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  • henrus


    25 Aug, 2015 04:01 pm

    Having been to both the BNE Koru Club and the River Grill I would pick the River Grill anyday!

    The Wifi at Brisbane is fine and just open another device such as a mobile or a tablet to enjoy another 500mb free

    I just wish they had padding on all of the wooden seats in the new BNE depatures area!

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  • jonjez


    30 Nov, 2016 09:46 pm

    Hi, can anybody tell me if this still the process or is the lounge back.

    I am due to fly to London soon and would be keen to hear anyone's experiences of Biz class with this airline.


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  • Chris Chamberlin


    30 Nov, 2016 10:36 pm

    China Southern passengers now have access to the Plaza Premium Lounge: you can read our review here.

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24 Jul, 2019 07:17 pm


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