Ah, the airport lounge, that mysterious Shangri-La where only the most elite of travelers are admitted. The mythic location is the place of dreams for the airplane weary, as long as you have the right credentials. For the rest of us, the airport lounge remains a mystery. Fortunately, travelers visiting the Brisbane Airport now have access to Virgin Australia’s newest airport lounge—not just the elite, but every passenger regardless of their class of ticket.
The new lounge was brought to the Brisbane Airport with the help of Virgin Australia and UK-based No1 Lounges. Named “My Lounge,” the new lounge is the third No1 Lounge to open in Australia, with sister lounges in Melbourne and Sydney. The lounge is considered a “pay as you go” lounge and focuses on providing passengers a place to socialize, rather than being a library-esque quiet space. This isn’t a place where business travelers will be going to get work done. Instead, it’s a colorful and casual spot to keep the excitement of travel going. “The location is an amazing spot to show people that lounging is accessible,” explained John Upton, the chief operating officer of No1 Lounges. Virgin’s CEO, Paul Scurrah, added, “We have half a million passengers heading to 12 destinations from Brisbane, so getting the balance right was absolutely crucial. It’s different to what everyone else offers in this space, and we want people to book with us for the things that make us different, not the same.” Those differences include a $60 entry fee to get into the lounge, but once inside, guests can enjoy a selection of meals and snacks, a coffee machine and a bar filled with a selection of local beer, wines, and rum. Lounge guests can also avail themselves of free Wi-Fi, showers, and other amenities, such as hairdryers. There’s also a children’s play area with a foosball table and a large TV where kids can burn off some of that restless energy before getting back on a plane.
No longer are airport lounges reserved for the upper crust. Now the rest of us have a place where we can go to make travel a bit easier.