Hobart on hold while Melbourne pushes ahead
Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has revealed further details of plans to develop the airline’s Australian lounges. The big news is that Melbourne Airport will have its lounge expanded in 2013 to cope with the high level of demand. “When we built it…we were expecting it to last us for another two or three years,” said Borghetti. “The fact is that we’re coming close to capacity during peak times.” On the down side, Hobart will have to wait until early-2014 for redevelopment of its facilities.
First in line this year is not one but two new Virgin lounges in Canberra Airport’s brand new Western Concourse Terminal. In addition to a lounge for Business Class and Platinum and Gold Velocity Club members, the airline will also unveil another addition to its series ‘The Club’ invitation-only lounges, available solely to the upper echelon of flyers.
Borghetti spoke with regret about the situation at Hobart: “We’re working with the airport authorities and it will be mid-2014.” Further delays are affecting progress at Sydney Airport with regards to the renovation of Virgin Australia’s flagship lounge there. A new upstairs facility is open while the space below is renovated bit-by-bit to minimize disruption to the existing facilities.
Read the full article, including photos in the Australian Business Traveller.