Selected passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines’ new flights from Canberra to Singapore and Wellington can cool their heels in the Virgin Australia Canberra lounge – but that list won't include most Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers, including those of route partner Air New Zeal...
POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 0 Comments
Singapore Airlines is confident that its new Capital Express service between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington is here to stay. With solid bookings reported for the first few months beyond the September 21 launch date, the airline is looking beyond first blush to an established base of governme...
POSTED 15 Sep, 2016 0 Comments
As the start of international flights between Canberra, Singapore and Wellington inches closer, Canberra Airport has pulled back the curtain on the design of its new departures lounge. Work on the gate lounge is already underway ahead of the September 21 launch of Singapore Airlines ‘Cap...
POSTED 27 Apr, 2016 3 Comments
Singapore Airlines will begin direct flights between Canberra and Singapore from September 20, with an initial schedule of four flights per week on a Boeing 777. The 'Capital Express' route will also include a Canberra-Wellington leg in the first direct service linking the Australian and New Zea...
POSTED 20 Jan, 2016 77 Comments
Canberra Airport will finally see its international ambitions takes flight this week, with Singapore Airlines tipped to announce a Singapore-Canberra service running four days a week. It's the first step in the nation's capital – which has to date only seen domestic flights – becomin...
POSTED 18 Jan, 2016 17 Comments
The new Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport prepares to open its doors to travellers next week with the first guests checking-in from November 2nd. Located just 50 metres from the terminal door, the hotel’s 191 rooms provide views of either the city or Lake Burley Griffin, with the property claimi...
POSTED 30 Oct, 2015 5 Comments
Virgin Australia’s new Canberra Airport lounge is now open, gracing the ‘west wing’ of the airport’s terminal with another contemporary lounge in its growing network. A much-needed replacement for the old Virgin Blue bunker, the new lounge has room for 300 travellers an...
POSTED 13 Mar, 2013 14 Comments
Canberra Airport is set to showcase a fresh look for the nation's capital when it opens the second wing of its revamped terminal this Wednesday, March 13. Ceremonies will begin at 9.30am in the new Virgin Australia lounge, one of two new lounges for the Qantas challenger (the other being Th...
POSTED 11 Mar, 2013 2 Comments
Canberra Airport will open the second wing of its revamped terminal in mid-March as the airport's ambitious 'AirVolution' upgrade nears completion. Airport spokeswoman Jane Seaborn confirmed March 13 as ribbon-cutting day for the second stage of the airport's slick terminal revamp, following the...
POSTED 29 Jan, 2013 6 Comments
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&...
POSTED 25 Jan, 2013 6 Comments
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says he is considering introducing Boeing 787s for international flights from Canberra Airport from 2016. In a Q&A session following a speech to the National Press Club, Joyce flagged Canberra as a potential long-haul destination, with Boeing's next-gen jetliner as a go...
POSTED 9 Oct, 2012 7 Comments
Canberra Airport is continuing its campaign to become a de facto second airport for Sydney, with this week's release of a report promoting a high-speed rail link between the nation's capital and the harbour city. "What may have once seemed like a pie-in-the-sky idea – a high speed rail sol...
POSTED 9 Oct, 2012 2 Comments
The federal government will size up Wilton for Sydney's second airport, despite opposition from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell to any such airport within the Sydney basin. Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the government will begin a "detailed investigation into the suitab...
POSTED 8 May, 2012 0 Comments
Canberra Airport has enthusiastically welcomed plans by the NSW Premier to build a high-speed train line between Sydney and Canberra and entrench the national's capital as a de facto second airport for Sydney. Canberra Airport chief Steven Byron expects a Sydney-Canberra bullet train w...
POSTED 10 Apr, 2012 7 Comments
Sydney Airport charges through the nose for parking, but it's top of the list for when it comes to free Wi-Fi. In fact, it's the only major Australian airport to offer every passenger at T1/T2 full internet access when they connect with a smartphone, laptop or tablet. That's a pretty sad state o...
POSTED 31 Aug, 2011 6 Comments
Canberra Airport is on track for the mid-2013 completion of its $420m 'AirVolution' modernisation program, which will see the airport upgraded to handle international flights as well as domestic services. Work is now underway on the new Western Concourse Terminal, which will be home to...
POSTED 2 Aug, 2011 2 Comments
While the Federal Government promises to yet again look into a second airport for Sydney, Canberra Airport is already gearing up to offer international flights from the end of next year. Flights to New Zealand are expected once the current $350 million redevelopment process is completed in ...
POSTED 12 Apr, 2011 2 Comments
Cairns Airport, Townsville Airport, Mount Isa Airport: all open after Cyclone Yasi, flights scheduled to run
Having escaped the worst of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, the major North Queensland airports are starting to return to normal service, with airlines planning to operate most flights today. Business travellers should double check with their airline before heading to the airport, though -- with military...
POSTED 4 Feb, 2011 0 Comments
Cairns Airport has announced that "no significant structural damage has been sustained from Tropical Cyclone Yasi overnight". Official information from Far North Queensland is understandably focussing on damage reporting and emergency response, so Australian Business Traveller has contacted the ...
POSTED 3 Feb, 2011 0 Comments
The strongest winds of Cyclone Yasi passed south of Cairns and Cairns Airport, with the eye passing over Tully, nearly 150 km to the south. Yasi is still a dangerous Category 3 storm as it tracks inland towards Mount Isa over the course of Thursday. Cairns and Townsville Airports are still close...
POSTED 3 Feb, 2011 0 Comments
Travellers all around Australia should keep an eye out for flight delays and cancellations as Cyclone Yasi is set to sweep inland with winds covering an enormous area -- longer from north to south than Australia. Even flights to airports far removed from the on-the-ground effects of Cyclone Yasi...
POSTED 2 Feb, 2011 0 Comments
Virgin Blue will begin an extensive three-month upgrade of its lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports next month as the airline gears up for its attack on the business travel market. In addition to what the airline describes as "a substantial refurbishment programme ... to enhance co...
POSTED 18 Jan, 2011 1 Comment
Silver members of Qantas' Frequent Flyer programme only have three weeks left to use priority check-in. Qantas is removing the benefit in February as part of its Next Generation Check-in programme, which we covered back in October. From 1 February, Silver members with hol...
POSTED 10 Jan, 2011 2 Comments
UPDATE | We're pleased to report that since this article was written, Qantas has rejigged the design of the recessed AC outlets in its laptop-friendly airport lounge benches. Two of the four AC sockets in each panel have now been repositioned to sit horizontally instead of vertically. This allo...
POSTED 22 Nov, 2010 7 Comments
Update Australian Business Traveller flew down to Canberra for Sunday's opening of Canberra Airport's new terminal. We were very impressed, and we believe anyone who uses the new terminal will be equally knocked out by the light, airy and spacious design. We'll have some articles on the new air...
POSTED 15 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
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