Qantas to reopen Singapore, London, Los Angeles lounges


Qantas’ lounges in Singapore, London and Los Angeles will open their doorways and roll out the welcome mat when the airline resumes abroad flights from December 2021.

The airline pulled down the shutters on all of its worldwide lounges in March 2020 as the primary wave of the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe and almost all Qantas worldwide flights had been on the bottom.

However after 20 lengthy months, other than some return flights and the transient opening of the journey bubble between Australia and New Zealand, Qantas is resuming its worldwide community as Australia’s nationwide vaccination charge reaches 80% and the nation opens its borders.

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And with the return of those flights – relying on demand, in fact – Qantas lounges may even return to key locations.

The one exception seems to be the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, which can stay completely closed, with enterprise class passengers, prime tier frequent flyers and Qantas Membership members being directed to Cathay Pacific lounges.

“All of our different worldwide lounges are reopening, however in Hong Kong we’ve got established a relationship with Cathay to make use of their premium lounges there,” stated Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group, to Govt Traveler.

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Whereas the airline finds that its schedule relies on the federal government stress-free worldwide journey restrictions, notably these associated to quarantine-free journey or restricted dwelling isolation, Joyce stated he shared his plans with the federal government “and they’re consistent with our common assumptions and agree “that our plan is cheap.”

London, Singapore and LAX

These plans name for Qantas to fly to “Covid-safe locations” reminiscent of Singapore, Nice Britain and the USA from mid-December 2021, all of which have “excessive and rising vaccination charges”.

“This makes them very prone to be labeled as low threat international locations for vaccinated vacationers who can return underneath lowered quarantine necessities and get out of them till selections by the Australian authorities and different international locations’ entry insurance policies are made,” Qantas stated.

Singapore's stylish, but unfortunately short-lived (December 2019-March 2020) Qantas First Lounge.

Singapore’s fashionable, however sadly short-lived (December 2019-March 2020) Qantas First Lounge.

Qantas beforehand introduced that its Singapore top notch lounge might be opened to all lounge-worthy airline vacationers till the Lion Metropolis route sees sufficient passengers to reopen the bigger Singapore enterprise class lounge.

“It’ll rely upon what the demand is,” stated Stephanie Tully, Qantas chief buyer officer, in December 2020 to Govt Traveler.

The LAX Business Class Lounge from Qantas.

The LAX Enterprise Class Lounge from Qantas.

Within the meantime, vacationers flying from LAX on Qantas’ Oneworld associate airways can be cheering the return of Qantas Los Angeles Enterprise Class and First Class Lounges.

(The enterprise lounge was rumored to be turned over to Oneworld at one level to work as its personal branded lounge, just like the close by and now reopened Star Alliance LAX lounge.)

Likewise, the Qantas London Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 has turn out to be a preferred selection for passengers on Oneworld airways – not solely due to its la carte menu, but additionally due to the signature gin bar – and a substitute for the neighboring British Airways – and Cathay Pacific lounges from T3.

The cocktail bar on the upper floor of the Qantas London Lounge.

The cocktail bar on the higher flooring of the Qantas London Lounge.

Flights to New Zealand are scheduled to start in mid-December 2021, “assuming some or the entire elements of the two-way bubble will restart,” although the long-promised renovation of Qantas’ sub-par Auckland lounges is probably going a couple of years away.

Qantas expects flights to Hong Kong to renew in February 2022, however April 2022 is Johannesburg earliest.

Thanks to a different standing improve, Qantas frequent flyer members will proceed to have entry to the lounges of Qantas and its Oneworld associate airways till mid-2023.

The airline can be providing free factors, standing credit and flight vouchers to members dwelling in Australia as a part of a vaccination award initiative, with ten “mega costs” a yr on free home and worldwide flights.

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David Flynn is the editor-in-chief of Govt Traveler and a little bit of a traveler with a tender spot for good espresso, procuring and litchi martinis.