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Virgin Australia opens its first Lounge on the Gold Coast

30/05/2012

Virgin Australia today opened its lounge at Gold Coast airport, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the Gold Coast hub and enhancing travel to this important destination for both leisure and corporate guests.

Located at the southern end of the Gold Coast domestic terminal, the Virgin Australia lounge features an entry level reception area with a mezzanine level revealing sweeping views of the tarmac and Gold Coast hinterland.

The space stretches over 680m2, and has been designed to encapsulate Virgin Australia’s contemporary look and feel, offering distinct areas to relax, refuel and work, including business facilities, entertainment options and a Luke Mangan designed buffet.

Designed by renowned architect Tim Greer from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, the new Gold Coast Lounge is modelled on the refurbished Melbourne and Brisbane Lounges and continues the premium Virgin Australia lounge experience.

Virgin Australia General Manager, Product, Alison Chalmer said the Gold Coast was a renowned leisure destination and an increasingly important market for corporate travellers and the lounge has been designed to appeal to both needs.

“We are delighted to open our first ever lounge at Gold Coast Airport, which will enable us to provide a first-rate airport experience for business and leisure Guests.”

Ms. Chalmer said the addition of the new lounge was a natural step forward in the airline’s commitment to the Gold Coast and south-east Queensland region.

“Virgin Australia has been operating flights to the Gold Coast for more than 10 years, and is the only airline to offer Business Class to the Gold Coast with more than 150 domestic and international return flights to the region each week.

The new lounge will be a welcome addition and enhancement to the travel experience for our frequent flyer and business Guests,” Ms. Chalmer said.

The Hon Jann Stuckey MP, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games believes Virgin Australia’s new lounge will enhance the travel experience of tourists to the Gold Coast.

“I congratulate Virgin Australia on its commitment to the Gold Coast, with the addition of the new Lounge at our airport.

“This Lounge will add to the overall travel experience and help cement our image as a premier tourist destination.

“Tourism is one of the Newman Government’s four economic pillars, and we are working hard every day to grow the industry.”

The 680sqm lounge welcomes up to 135 guests and features:

  • Luxury lounge seating in a contemporary interior design;
  • Australian chef Luke Mangan designed menu and refreshments including an all-day barista service;
  • A premium selection of wine and beer;
  • Business services including complimentary WiFi, power, PC and printer;
  • One private meeting room for up to eight guests;
  • Entertainment and relaxation with newspapers, premium magazine titles; and a Panasonic high-definition television featuring FOXTEL and free-to-air programming.