Virgin Australia's new Brisbane international lounge to open July 2019

Virgin Australia's new Brisbane international lounge to open July 2019

[UPDATED] Virgin Australia expects to open its its new international lounge at Brisbane Airport in May July 2019.

The new ribbon-cutting will come some six eight months after the lounge was first and obviously optimistically promised to open in November 2018, a date which was then pushed back to the more nebulous "early 2019".

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman today confirmed the July 2019 date to Australian Business Traveller.

Dubbed My Lounge and operated by UK-based No1 Lounges – which has also taken over Etihad's Sydney and Melbourne lounges, and opened those to Virgin passengers – it will be located adjacent to Gate 77, towards the end of the terminal's northern concourse.

The lounge will be "specifically designed in the style of a loft apartment"...

... presented as a "relaxed contemporary environment... with seating for more than 100 guests."

Travellers can look forward to a dining area with a 'grazing menu of healthy and indulgent choices'...

... plus barista-pulled coffee and a bar.

There will also be a small working area...

... plus a games room, although it appears this will be more of a nook.

The lounge will be open to Virgin's business class passengers, and Platinum and Gold members of the Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme on Virgin flights to New Zealand, Los Angeles, Bali and the Pacific islands including Fiji.

Paid-up members of the Virgin Australia Lounge program will also be welcome prior to eligible flights.

"In circumstances where we are unable to accommodate lounge eligible guests," the airline says, "they will receive a food and beverage voucher to use at any of the outlets at the Brisbane International Airport."

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.
 

29 comments

  • reeves35

    reeves35

    17 Dec, 2018 10:07 am

    For some reason, lounge developments never run on time and this applies to just about all airlines. I don't know if it is over-optimistic airlines, complexity of building within secure zones, poor project management or a combination of all.
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  • Saab34

    Saab34

    17 Dec, 2018 12:40 pm

    Having worked in the planning space in a previous life, it’s usually permits or the airport being difficult. Sometimes things so basic like underfloor wiring can take months to even get the go ahead. Don’t even get me started on councils! The logistics of being located International Airside wouldn’t be user friendly either.
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  • readosunnycoast

    readosunnycoast

    14 Feb, 2019 09:45 am

    Why would councils be involved? All the Int. Airports are on Federal Land. They (councils) have no jurisdiction whatsoever. If Canberra approved, they could open casinos and the State Govt couldn't do anything
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  • ExLibris76

    ExLibris76

    17 Dec, 2018 12:50 pm

    Very true, indeed. In the 'outside' world a new build or redevelopment of an existing space would only be a matter of weeks or a few months depending on spec. But for some reason (or reasons) when it comes to airline lounges, even a small space will take literally years to construct/refurbish/outfit. [I'm looking at you United]. Makes you wonder if airside is the 'twilight zone'?
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  • Bob Burgess

    Bob Burgess

    17 Dec, 2018 01:03 pm

    A lot of this would be due to airports being pretty hard to deal with because of all the additional regulations they have. That said you would think an airline would know this and allow for this before publicising an opening date, surely better to be pessimistic and have the option of opening a few weeks early!
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    17 Dec, 2018 01:39 pm

    I remember there was a bit of hassle when Brisbane's new international lounge precinct opened up (where the AirNZ, Singapore Airlines, and Plaza Premium lounges are located, along with the Plaza day spa), because the rear walls up there backed onto the 'public' side of the airport, and so all the walls had to be strengthened for security reasons. It's possible that because Virgin Australia's lounge looks to be downstairs in that gate area, and downstairs is where international arriving passengers come through, that they may have to do the same thing (although if the space was already previously airside, that shouldn't be a problem).
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  • Mike K

    Mjkcan

    17 Dec, 2018 03:46 pm

    Is there a reason why virgin gave this lounge the worst possible name imaginable?
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  • reeves35

    reeves35

    17 Dec, 2018 04:56 pm

    It is not VA's lounge; it belongs to House so the naming would have been House's choice. It gets a different name from the Houses in MEL and SYD as it does not have all the features offered by those more premium products.
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  • David Flynn

    David

    17 Dec, 2018 05:21 pm

    My Lounge is a brand in the No1 Lounges portfolio, with No1 in charge of building and operating the lounge.
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  • BJ01

    BJ01

    17 Dec, 2018 05:30 pm

    I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer but I am not getting my hopes up about this new lounge. I just cannot visualise that space as suitable or welcoming. I hope I am surprised. I am going to miss the SQ lounge I feel (both its ambience and its location) for the LAX flights....
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  • Dan Ho

    djtech

    18 Dec, 2018 09:46 pm

    Any chance they would expand the possiblility of using lounge passes to this lounge?
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  • ama18

    ama18

    19 Dec, 2018 06:45 pm

    Another Virgin flop!
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  • Scott Brown

    DownSouth

    13 Feb, 2019 11:28 am

    If the delay means a better “set up” of the lounge layout and improved “Virgin” offering, that’s a better outcome long term than a quick roll out.
    I think the pictures above are very enticing and the food looks great.
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  • bmq747

    bmq747

    13 Feb, 2019 11:42 am

    Does 'grazing menu' equal 'buffet'?

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  • Ozshanel

    Ozshanel

    13 Feb, 2019 12:30 pm

    I don't understand why this lounge is being referred to as "Virgin Australia's New Lounge" when it is not owned or operated by Virgin. It is a third party lounge that Virgin Australia's customers have access to.
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  • John Phelan

    John Phelan

    3 May, 2019 02:24 pm

    Because it is clearly being branded (as per the photo of the signage) as "My Lounge - the home of Virgin Australia". It's really being built for VA, whose customers will make up the vast majority of the clientele.
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  • AwaywithMike

    AwaywithMike

    13 Feb, 2019 12:52 pm

    ...now I wonder when they'll update us on the new Wellington Virgin Australia lounge (which in October, was a few months away)
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    13 Feb, 2019 01:05 pm

    Wellington is now expected to open in April, but not much has been said yet about what it'll offer (e.g., whether it'll be more like a VA domestic lounge or like the new international offerings).

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  • John Harley

    jch

    13 Feb, 2019 03:02 pm

    Hopefully all done by the June long weekend when I do a DSC run across the Tasman...
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  • Coops103

    Coops103

    13 Feb, 2019 03:29 pm

    Gold Velocity member flying economy to AUH on Etihad later this year. Chris, do you think there would there be lounge access at BNE?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    13 Feb, 2019 03:43 pm

    This information can be found on Virgin Australia's website.
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  • Fqtv

    Zac

    13 Feb, 2019 04:39 pm

    Lounge looks great - interested in how the F&B offering turns out.
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  • deva22

    deva22

    17 Apr, 2019 03:46 pm

    We're rapidly approaching May 2019... Any word on if we're going to achieve the schedule? I'm flying out on VA7 on May 7...
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  • David Flynn

    David

    17 Apr, 2019 03:55 pm

    Once we know a date of have an update, we'll share it here.
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  • Longreach

    Longreach

    20 Apr, 2019 01:39 pm

    No 1 Lounges has four classes of lounge. Most interesting that Melbourne and Sydney get No 1's best lounges, while Brisbane gets their lowest version.

    Sydney John's idea, clearly, but now that he's gone, perhaps Brisbane Paul will do something about this gross imbalance
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  • Dan

    DanV

    3 May, 2019 03:13 pm

    JB had nothing to do with the branding of the SYD and MEL lounges, No 1 simply took over the old Etihad lounges from Etihad directly. Whilst benefitting from the $ (assumably) paid by EY and VA to have their branding on those lounges.

    Whereas BNE's lounge had to be built from scratch.
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  • Tracie

    Tracie

    3 May, 2019 01:42 pm

    Assume the current lounge agreements will be extended at BNE? Would hate to be without lounge access due to delays building the new one.
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  • abr

    abr

    3 May, 2019 08:47 pm

    There is always "food vouchers" in the case that VA can't get it together to renew the Plaza Premium contract at BNE.
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  • Hugh McGarry

    Journeyman

    8 May, 2019 04:17 pm

    Yawn! Believe it when I see it. Looks like its going to be pretty average anyway and no doubt over-crowded like all of VA lounges.
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23 May, 2019 01:20 am

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