News & Discussion: Adelaide Airport & Airlines

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Adelaide Airport’s new international departures hall and retail concourse has opened to travellers, in the latest step in its $165 million expanded terminal development.

https://australianaviation.com.au/2020/ ... all-opens/
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Virgin Australia unveils ‘lounge of the future’ at Adelaide Airport

Airports – remember those? Virgin Australia has launched a fancy new lounge. And even if you’re not flying anytime soon, you can take a look inside it here.
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Virgin Australia has unveiled its new “lounge of the future” in Adelaide Airport, creating a blueprint for future upgrades across the country.

The new-look lounge is located next to the Penfolds Wine Bar & Kitchen, and features a coffee and wine bar, dining areas, showers, work spaces and a “cellar door hub” showcasing South Australian wineries.

It accommodates up to 283 Virgin Australia frequent flyer customers across 1097sq m.

The lounge was initially expected to open last April, but COVID-19 and Virgin’s collapse into administration – later rescued by US private equity firm Bain Capital in a $3.5 billion sale – resulted in an almost 12-month delay.

Virgin Australia general manager product and customer Sarah Adam said the launch followed the recent reopening of lounges across all other capital cities apart from Canberra, and coincided with an increase in corporate and leisure travel.

“I think it’s a really important time that we start to invest back into the products that we know will appeal to our regular guests, and especially our frequent flyers,” she said.

“Not having a lounge in one of our capital cities, being Adelaide, it was important for us to get that open.

“We have had to adapt the space, largely making sure we were managing all of the local regulations around social distancing.

“We have had to scale back the number of seats we have in the space at the moment, and then as we get more comfortable and follow the guidelines we’ll be able to relax that.”

Designed by Brisbane firm WMK Architecture, the new lounge will be used as a blueprint for lounge refurbishments in other capital cities.

“It’s a real departure from our previous space – we took inspiration from our Virgin spaces across the globe and we really wanted to bring something that was more relaxed and welcoming for our guests,” Ms Adam said.

“It was also really important for us that we had zones – that our customers could adapt to how they wanted to use the spaces.

“We’ll take inspiration from this space and start to incorporate parts of this design as part of our maintenance and refurbishment plan.”

A new menu includes sandwiches, salads, wraps and healthy snacks prepared on-site, and will be rolled out in all Virgin lounges in the coming weeks.

Virgin is also trialling a food ordering system where guests will be able to order food and drinks directly to their lounge seat or table by scanning a QR code and placing an order on their phone.

Celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary with a trip to Brisbane, Sharon and Lee Zachariah were the first official guests of the new lounge on Tuesday morning.

“I think it’s taken it from a corporate environment to a really welcoming and soft environment,” Ms Zachariah said.

Virgin recently announced new direct services from Adelaide to the Sunshine Coast, which will commence on March 29.

However the airline has suspended all short haul international flights until at least June due to ongoing uncertainty about when international travel can resume.
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Rex will be starting twice daily flights between Adelaide and Melbourne from the end of the month.

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... t-adelaide
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I've never really understood why Adelaide Airport management didn't fast-track relocating Qantas Club and Virgin Lounge to a new upper floor, I know this is planned further down the line but doing it now would open up so much floorspace for further retail or ammenities for the international arrivals/departures. Seems really shortsighted that they didn't rectify this in the most recent upgrade...
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Brucetiki wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:18 am
Rex will be starting twice daily flights between Adelaide and Melbourne from the end of the month.

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... t-adelaide
Surprising to see them add Adelaide before Brisbane. Brisbane-Sydney is the 2nd busiest corridor in Australia after Sydney-Melbourne. Brisbane-Melbourne is 3rd.

Rex $138 Adelaide to Melbourne Return. By comparison Virgin is charging $135 return. Both offer 23kg checked baggage as part of the fare + carry on of 7kg.

Jetstar on the other hand $155 with only 7kg carry on. Checked baggage is extra..which brings the total to $241 return. That's around their normal pricing from memory.
Virgin is typically around the $99 mark there, and depending on the time of day for the return flight can be cheaper then the initial flight or slightly more.

Will be interesting to see what Rex's regular prices will be.
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