New lounge looks like a re­gional ‘best’

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Doors to Qan­tas’ new lounge at Kar­ratha Air­port have been thrown open to­day for the first time.

The lounge was con­structed by Kar­ratha Build­ing, is about three times larger than the pre­vi­ous fa­cil­ity and is lo­cated on the up­per floor of the air­port.

Qan­tas WA re­gional man­ager Ju­lian Barry said he ex­pected us­age of the 80-seat lounge to be high.

“As the only air­line to of­fer a lounge at Kar­ratha Air­port, the new space is a great value-add for trav­ellers from the Pil­bara com­mu­nity as well as the im­por­tant fly-in fly-out mar­ket,” he said.

“I don’t think we will have any prob­lem fill­ing it that is for sure.”

Mr Barry said the dress code in place across Qan­tas lounges would also be in place for Kar­ratha.

City of Kar­ratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said the lounge was a far cry from the old “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” space.

“I just think it says a lot for the con­fi­dence of the area that Qan­tas can ex­pend this amount of money to build this nice lounge,” he said. “It has to be the best view in WA, and as they say, it looks like be­ing their best re­gional lounge.”

A se­lec­tion of food and pre­mium Aus­tralian beer and wine will be of­fered, as well as a hosted ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing flight de­par­tures. Cus­tomers will also en­joy quiet spa­ces to work and re­lax, com­pli­men­tary wi-fi, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines and Foxtel.

Kar­ratha is Qan­tas’ sec­ond busiest port in WA af­ter Perth, with 43 re­turn flights a week be­tween Perth and Kar­ratha.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The new Qan­tas lounge at Kar­ratha Air­port.

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