As we shared yesterday, Qantas has announced plans to ramp up domestic flights in the near future, with additional capacity to be added to many interstate and intrastate services from next week.
However, travellers looking to utilise domestic Qantas Club lounges will need to wait until July to gain access. As reported today in Executive Traveller, domestic Qantas Club and Qantas Business lounges will open no earlier than next month.
Executive Traveller reports that the re-opening of lounges is expected to occur on a staggered basis, and will largely be driven by demand for travel and the timing for easing of state and territory border restrictions.
And, there's no guarantee that all lounges in the domestic network will open in the short term. As an example, for cities boasting multiple tiers of Qantas lounges, it's possible that only one space might open for business.
It also remains to be seen whether access to Qantas Club single entry pass holders might be restricted, as has been the case in the past for selected International Business lounges (such as Perth and Singapore) which have been subject to crowding.
Whatever the case, Executive Traveller reports that Qantas will adopt a number of changes to ensure effective social distancing measures are followed. These measures are set out in the Qantas FlyWell program and they include increased physical distancing, hand sanitising stations, enhanced disinfection of surfaces.
Qantas has also pledged to make changes to food and drink service. We can only hope that communal margarine and butter bowls, a recently implemented and contentious feature of the Qantas Club self-service buffet area, will now be off the menu.
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