• Qantas to revamp Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Hobart airport lounges

    Qantas will plough some of its record $1.6b pre-tax profit from the 2018 financial year into a revamp of it international lounges at Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo, along with expanding its recently-opened Brisbane lounge, while domestic lounges at Hobart and Tamworth will also see a refresh. Here's...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 29 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch direct Perth-Hobart flights

    Virgin Australia will launch non-stop flights between Perth and Hobart from September, becoming the only airline to offer a direct service between the two cities. Running three times per week and with a flight time of around 4.5 hours each way, travellers will no longer need to connect via Sydne...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 16 Comments

  • Hobart to get Hyatt Centric hotel in 2019

    Hyatt's boutique brand Hyatt Centric is planting its flag in Australia, with the hip new hotel to open in Hobart in early 2019. The cosmopolitan vibe of the 221-room hotel will be well-suited to Hobart and attractions such as the Museum of Old and New Art. Hobart has been one of Hyatt's stron...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2017 8 Comments

  • Qantas boosts Hobart flights from Sydney, Melbourne

    Qantas is ramping up its presence in Hobart with regional arm QantasLink adding 11 return flights a week to its roster from Sydney and Melbourne and making for easier connections with airline’s international flights to destinations such as Los Angeles, Shanghai and Tokyo. Served by QantasL...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2015 27 Comments

  • Virgin Australia delays Hobart, Darwin airport lounges to 2015

    Virgin Australia has pushed back the opening of its lounges at Hobart and Darwin airports until next year, with a spokeswoman for the airline confirming to Australian Business Traveller that both lounges are now likely to open in 2015. Hobart and Darwin are in line for lounges based on Virgin's ...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2014 13 Comments

  • Is Qantas really 'downgrading' Hobart flights?

    TALKING POINT | Qantas is handing its Hobart flights over to regional offshoot QantasLink, replacing the current Boeing 737 jets with smaller Boeing 717s from mid-April. But is this necessarily a backwards step for business travellers who regularly zip across Bass Strait between Hobart, Mel...

    POSTED 14 Jan, 2014 43 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to expand Melbourne lounge, but Hobart slips to 2014

    Virgin Australia will expand its Melbourne lounge this year, and open new lounges in Canberra and Cairns, but Hobart travellers will need to cool their heels until 2014. Canberra is up first, with not one but two lounges to open their doors in the Canberra Airport’s new Western Concou...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2013 11 Comments

  • Qantas boosts Melbourne-Tasmania flights, but there's a catch...

    Qantas is ramping up flights between Melbourne and Tasmania from this week, with more services to Hobart and Launceston plus an upgrade of the aircraft used for Melbourne-Devonport. Business travellers between Melbourne and Hobart will see a boost to three services per day, up from the prev...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2012 7 Comments

  • 'Day stay' now available at Mercure Hobart, Launceston

    The Mercure Hobart and Mercure Launceston hotels are now offering day rates of $65 for stays between 9am and 5pm as part of a new 'Day Stay and Refresh' package aimed at business travellers flying into Tasmania for a long day of appointments, or even driving long distances between citie...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2012 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia lounges coming to Cairns, Canberra & Hobart

    Virgin Australia's family of airport lounges continues to grow, with a new lounge slated to open at Cairns next year. Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti told Australian Business Traveller that Cairns would join the previously-announced Hobart lounge on the Virgin calendar for 2013. Both a...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2012 12 Comments

  • Qantas boosts flights to Hobart, Launceston and Devonport

    Business travellers heading to and from Tasmania will see extra Qantas flights from Melbourne to Hobart, Launceston and Devonport starting this October, which means more seats and better connection options for the rest of Australia and trips overseas. The new flights start on 29 October, and wil...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2012 2 Comments

  • New apartment wing, new Mercure name at Hobart's Hadleys Hotel

    Hobart's Hadleys Hotel -- owned by international hotel group Accor -- is shifting the nameplates on its door following the opening of its new apartment wing. Hadleys has long been a business traveller pick in Tasmania's capital, but the main hotel will no longer be the city's Grand Mercure -- th...

    POSTED 16 May, 2012 0 Comments

  • Hobart to get more Virgin Australia flights, and a lounge as well

    Virgin Australia is boosting its game for Tasmania's business travellers, with more flights to Hobart, priority boarding plus a lounge for the airport. The airline says it will begin a "new daily service between Hobart and Melbourne by September 2012". Priority Boarding will also be availa...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2012 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia plans for more (and bigger) airport lounges

    As Virgin Australia continues to expand its domestic lounge network, Virgin boss John Borghetti shared with Australian Business Traveller an insight into progress for the lounges already announced at the Gold Coast and Darwin, plus the refit of the Sydney lounge.   "Gold...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2012 3 Comments

  • Need a taxi or chauffeured car? There's an iPhone app for that!

    There are few less enjoyable things about travelling than standing in airport taxi queues. So why not pre-book a cab to pick you up -- or, if you forget, book a cab the moment you touch down at the airport? There are a bunch of great apps to make it possible to do just that. Melbourne taxi app...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2011 4 Comments

  • Ash cloud flight cancellations: Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia

    Latest update: 11am, Friday July 1 Qantas has now resumed trans-Tasman services to and from New Zealand at 12pm (NZT) today following the clearing of the ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano. Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia's Pacific Blue flights continue to operate as norm...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Which Aussie airports will miss out on Qantas Next-Generation Check-in?

    Qantas passengers in Sydney and Perth can already check in and board a domestic flight with a swipe of their smartchip-equipped Q Card. Melbourne's frequent flyers will get the same smooth experience in early 2011, followed by Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra by mid-year. But what about Hobart, D...

    POSTED 18 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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