Sydney Airport ponders new T2 lounge when Qantas Club closes

Sydney Airport ponders new T2 lounge when Qantas Club closes

Sydney Airport could open a private pay-to-enter lounge when the current Qantas Club at Terminal 2 shuts down this month.

Qantas will close its T2 lounge in conjunction with the relocation of all QantasLink regional flights from T2 to the dedicated T3 Qantas Domestic Terminal from August 15, in what the airline has internally tagged as ‘Project Homecoming’.

While most Jetstar flights will continue to operate from T2, a Qantas spokeswoman has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the Qantas Club will be shut down and not re-open as a Jetstar lounge.

"The T2 Qantas lounge will continue to operate while QantasLink is in the terminal and close thereafter" she said. "Jetstar has no plans to take over the lounge”, adding that the space would be returned to Sydney Airport.

A spokeswoman for Sydney Airport said that while future use of the space was being considered, one possibility is for a user-pays lounge.

Such lounges are typically not associated with any particular airline, but operated by an airport or a third party company on a casual pay-to-enter basis.

“We’re certainly looking at options for the space” she told Australian Business Traveller. “That could be a lounge, or a gate lounge or retail space.”

Although T2 is shared by a half-dozen airlines, only two of these – Virgin Australia and Regional Express – operate their own lounges.

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David Flynn
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.
 

4 comments

  • Gavin Brightwell

    Gavin92

    6 Aug, 2013 01:14 pm

    No. They need a jetstar lounge for JQ club and QF club ppl.  I fly jetstar cause of QF club. If no I will think otherwise 

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    6 Aug, 2013 02:04 pm

    While some users will certainly miss out when flying with JQ, this provides a chance for a lounge that might be open to an agreement with Priority Pass. Since Virgin Australia ended their access agreement, Priority Pass' coverage in Australia is now remarkably poor - with one lounge in Cairns, and one in Melbourne Int'l (which is only open for a few hours per day).

    Sydney would be a welcome addition to the network!

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  • Roger Buckle

    Traveltoomuch

    9 Aug, 2013 02:32 pm

    Ok as a paid up Qantas Club member and a very frequent flyer, I am locked into some travel with Jetstar. Granted they are not Qantas, but when you join the Qantas Club they state you can use it with Jetstar that's one of the reasons I joined.  As a business person based in Geelong I use the Avalon service with Jetstar a lot, whilst I would prefer to use the Qantas service it is not available at my local airport.  I will find it very inconvenient to have to use the Sydney T1 terminal club facilities and have to walk across the road to my AVV flights @ T2.  I accepted an offer from Qantas as they T2 facilities so I bought the Club service.  Now they have removed it I feel like its a breech of contract.  Sure the fine print probably says they can do it and its a QANTAS service not a Jetstar, but I am the customer and the fine print does not change my feelings of being cheated of a facility I have paid for.

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  • eminere

    eminere

    15 Oct, 2013 10:40 pm

    So write in to Qantas and complain.

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