Qantas first announced that they would their own lounge at London’s Heathrow airport in February of last year. The development of the new facility started in September and it was supposed to open in ‘early 2017.’ Lounges are always delayed and most rarely open on their first announced date, this was the case with the Qantas lounge.
The new facility in T3 will be split level and will be able to hold around 230 people. The new lounge will include a Rockpool menu and dining experience (which is found in Qantas’s other International lounges) a full-service bar, shower suites, business rooms etc. From the Press Images, the lounge looks pretty impressive. The lounge has been delayed for months but the wait for the new area will soon be over.
A reliable source has explained that the new lounge will open in September of this year.
The lounge has begun interviewing staff to work in the facility and quite a few executive staff members from the airline have been travelling to and from London to oversee the interviews and progress. There’s no exact date for the opening at this stage but once I’ve got that information I’ll be able to share it.
September isn’t too far away and it’ll be fantastic to see it open then. Passengers that are departing T3 on a Oneworld carrier have a few options for lounge access in the meantime. If you’re a First Class, Business Class passenger or Oneworld Emerald, Sapphire member I would personally use the new Cathay Pacific Lounge. It’s got a split First and Business section and it is really quite lovely. The first class section feels very similar to the well known Pier First Class lounge in Hong Kong while the Business section closely models the new Pier Business Class lounge in Hong Kong.
You can also do some lounge hopping if you like and visit the American Airlines Admirals Club, British Airways Galleries Club or Galleries First lounge. The Admirals Club and Galleries Club be accessed by Business Class passengers as well Oneworld Sapphire members while the Galleries First lounge is for First Class passengers and Oneworld Emerald passengers.
Are you excited for the new Qantas lounge in London?