Virgin Australia's new Cairns Airport lounge is now open, marking the fourth Queensland domestic lounge to join the airline's network.
David Anderson, Virgin Australia's General Manager of Brand Strategy, boasts that the airline now offers "the greatest number of flights of any one airline between Brisbane and Cairns".
With a capacity of 180 guests, the 710m2 lounge should please business and leisure travellers alike.
Travellers will appreciate the sweeping views of the tarmac and hinterland, even if the airport itself does get in the way.
And what's any self-respecting airport lounge without an all-day barista service?
As we've seen in the Canberra lounge, wooden privacy dividers are prevalent throughout the working areas...
... with AC power and USB ports located underneath the benches, which may be handy but also makes them easy to overlook.
Travellers throughout the lounge can find the USB power connections scattered along the tables, alternating with AC powerpoints...
... while those without their own technology have access to two Windows XP computers, and an all-in-one printer and copier.
Need a little extra privacy? You can reserve the lounge's meeting room, with space enough for eight people.
Visitors from other Virgin lounges may notice the new wooden lighting fixtures, which are currently exclusive to the airline's Cairns lounge.
As seen from below, these lights have minimal effect during the day, but should prove to be more useful in the evenings.
There are a number of distinct seating areas throughout the lounge, with plush chairs making an appearance...
... along with the more traditional (and colourful) working benches.
When quizzed on the design aspects of the lounge, David Anderson told Australian Business Traveller that "we took a special approach to this lounge because of the environment that it's in."
"The design cues are all there, the Virgin palate is there" Anderson suggests.
"We wanted to bring in some softer features – the timber panels, the floor-to-ceiling lighting – and we brought in sparks of colour through the pinks and the oranges and the purples."
Meanwhile, the lounge offers a range of (colourful) fresh fruit for the hungry traveller...
... along with a reasonable buffet selection.
Of course, Virgin's iconic toasted sandwich maker stands at the ready!
In the interest of research, Australian Business Traveller christened the machine by preparing the maiden Cairns Lounge toastie – a traditional mix of ham, cheese and tomato.
A pancake machine is set to make an appearance in the mornings, though the afternoons see the usual snacks on offer...
... and so too are the reds (pictured), in addition to a selection of white wine and French sparking (Grandin Méthode Traditionnelle Brut NV).
If you're lucky, the staff might just bring around mouth-watering 'Persian fetta and roast beetroot' hors d'oeuvres, though it's not to be expected.
Have time for a little reading? You'll be all set, with a reasonable selection of newspapers and magazines, with many more titles available freely through the PressReader app.
Frequent travellers to Virgin's Brisbane lounge will recognise the amazing Annette (right), here joined by Rebecca at the in-lounge service desk.
Overall, this is a very functional and practical lounge, and is a welcome addition to Cairns airport.
Travelling through Cairns soon? Let us know what you think!
Australian Business Traveller visited Cairns to attend the lounge opening as a guest of Virgin Australia.
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