Qan­tas lounge to open to­day

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Qan­tas’ new Kar­ratha Air­port lounge will be un­veiled to­day by the na­tional car­rier’s WA re­gional man­ager Ju­lian Barry.

Guests will be able to sit back to sweep­ing views across the run­way, salt flats and spinifex plains from the first floor of the air­port while en­joy­ing com­pli­men­tary bev­er­ages, high-speed WiFi and Fox­tel.

The lounge will be open to busi­ness class cus­tomers, el­i­gi­ble fre­quent fly­ers, Qan­tas Club mem­bers and Oneworld mem­bers from to­mor­row.

Sit­ting on the up­per floor of the air­port, it is about three times larger than ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties. A Qan­tas spokes­woman said the lounge had been de­signed with chang­ing mar­ket con­di­tions in mind.

She said Qan­tas ex­pected de­mand for travel on the Kar­ratha route to sta­bilise within the next 18 months.

In April a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­port high­lighted a slump in Kar­ratha air­port’s traf­fic, with pas­sen­ger num­bers in 2016 drop­ping 19.5 per cent com­pared to 2015.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long told Pil­bara News the data in the re­port had been skewed by the re­moval of char­ter flight fig­ures.

“Our fig­ures, which are based on the ac­tu­als that air­lines are charged, has seen a 10.6 per cent drop in pas­sen­ger num­bers when com­par­ing Jan­uary, 2016, to Jan­uary, 2017,” he said.

The City is in talks with Sin­ga­pore Air­lines sub­sidiary SilkAir to run weekly flights be­tween Kar­ratha and Sin­ga­pore.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

A Qan­tas plane at the Kar­ratha Air­port.

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