Qan­tas lounge gets mixed re­sponse

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The an­nounce­ment of a new Qan­tas lounge at Kar­ratha Air­port due in early 2017 has been wel­comed by the City of Kar­ratha.

It has also been met with a good deal of cyn­i­cism on­line, with res­i­dents tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to voice pref­er­ence for cheaper flights over a new lounge.

The lounge will be more than twice the size of the old space and will be avail­able for Qan­tas Club mem­bers, cus­tomers trav­el­ling in busi­ness, el­i­gi­ble fre­quent fly­ers and Oneworld mem­bers.

It will in­cor­po­rate lo­cal de­sign in­flu­ences, work and rest ar­eas, com­ple­men­tary re­fresh­ments, wi-fi and Fox­tel.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Pe­ter Long said the new lounge would be a boost for the air­port.

“The re­cent ter­mi­nal up­grade has sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved the level of ser­vice and amenity for pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling through Kar­ratha Air­port,” he said.

“We are de­lighted that Qan­tas has made the de­ci­sion to match this im­prove­ment by up­grad­ing its lounge ser­vice and ex­pand­ing into the new up­per floor spa­ces and we look for­ward to an en­hanced ex­pe­ri­ence for cus­tomers be­ing of­fered at Kar­ratha Air­port.”

Qan­tasLink chief ex­ec­u­tive John Giss­ing said in­vest­ing in a new lounge high­lighted the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to Kar­ratha and the Pil­bara.

“As the only air­line to of­fer a lounge at Kar­ratha Air­port, this will be a great boost to both Pil­bara re­gion lo­cals as well as the im­por­tant fly-in, fly-out mar­ket, of­fer­ing more room to re­lax prior to their flight,” he said.

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