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 are likely to be based on Virgin Australia's 'regional lounge' model, similar to the airline's lounge at Mackay Airport (shown below).
The airline will also open its all-new Canberra lounge in March-April, Borghetti said, once Virgin moves into its new home at Canberra Airport's Western Concourse Terminal.
As for the long-awaited debut of the 'flagship' lounge at Sydney Airport, Borghetti told Australian Business Traveller this would open in two stages, in December and March.
By year's end travellers will be directed to the all-new upstairs level, which already plays host to the first The Club lounge, with sweeping views of Botany Bay and with total capacity for up to 560 passengers – 250 more than the current Sydney lounge.
This will allow the lower level to be closed and given a make-over ahead of a re-opening in March 2013, to result in an impressive double-storey space.
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