Virgin Australia reopens Melbourne airport lounge after pandemic shutdown and refurbishment

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Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Lounge has reopened, the latest in the airline’s network of lounges to welcome guests again as national and international borders reopen.

The Melbourne lounge closed in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and underwent a refurbishment when it closed, providing a “more contemporary and relaxed look and feel” according to the airline, including new rooms bathrooms and showers.

The lounge can accommodate 500 guests under current COVID-19 security protocols, making the Melbourne facility the country’s largest airline.

Previous lounge features return, including coffee brewed by the coffee and wine bar‘s barista, craft beer, and ciders.

The lounge kicks off with a new all-day menu, including dishes such as penne bolognese with parmesan, potato rosti with crispy bacon and baked beans, and Japanese-style karaage chicken served with coleslaw and mayonnaise.

“We are starting to see the easing of restrictions as Australia opens up and vaccination rates rise, and it’s great that the Melbourne lounge is back in full swing again as booking demand comes back on. the market, ”said Virgin Australia Group senior client and digital officer, Paul Jones.

“Since the government announced the easing of state border restrictions, we have seen an increase in bookings for the holiday season, which is great news and demonstrates the pent-up demand we will experience from here on out. and throughout the summer vacation period. “

The reopening of the Melbourne lounge completes the airline’s domestic lounge network, with its other lounges in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. The airline’s premium “Club” lounges remain closed but are expected to reopen in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in 2022 under a new name. The Adelaide and Perth Club Lounges will not reopen.

Virgin Australia will resume international flights on December 16 with services to Fiji, later resuming flights to Bali, Queenstown and other destinations. Last week, the airline announced that there were 1 million award seats available to reserve with points through its frequent flyer program.

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