Hot on the heels of today’s announcement from Qantas that they will upgrade the Darwin Qantas Club lounge to more than double its existing size, Virgin Australia has announced that the airline will build its own lounge at Darwin International Airport.
The new Virgin Australia Lounge will be made possible due to the planned $60 million upgrade of Darwin Airport and is expected to be complete by the middle of 2014.
Virgin Australia welcomed the upgrade of Darwin International Airport saying the new and upgraded facilities will move the Virgin Australia check-in area to a new part of the terminal which will allow streamlined security processing.
Virgin Australia’s Chief Operating Officer Sean Donohue said, “Over the past two years, Virgin Australia has been expanding its presence in the Northern Territory and making enhancements to improve the travel experience for our customers.
“We recognise the increasing importance of Darwin in line with the growth of the Northern Territory as a business and tourism destination. To date we have launched Sydney-Darwin flights, commenced codeshare on SilkAir international flights from Darwin and announced a new 150-seat airport lounge to be launched in 2014. With the recent acquisition of Skywest Airlines, Virgin Australia will now fly direct from Darwin to Broome and Kununurra.
“We are pleased to announce today that as part of the airport upgrade, we will be able to deliver a more seamless arrival and departure experience for our guests through enhanced check-in and gate facilities. The new lounge will feature Virgin Australia’s trademark style, including luxury seating, gourmet food and beverage designed by internationally-acclaimed chef Luke Mangan and impressive views across the airport landscape.
“We look forward to working closely with Darwin International Airport to ensure the best possible experience for our customers and to continue to promote Darwin as a business and tourism destination”, Mr Donohue said.
Virgin Australia currently flies direct to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth from the Northern Territory, offering 58 services per week to connect to 30 domestic and over 400 international cities.
The airline also codeshares on SilkAir’s 4 return flights per week between Singapore and Darwin. SilkAir is the regional airline of Singapore Airlines.