The Reef Lounge in the international departures zone at Cairns Airport will remain open.
Following the demise of Cathay Pacific flights into Cairns, the Cathay Pacific operated Reef Lounge was scheduled to close on July 31, 2019. The Reef Lounge is the only lounge in the international terminal at Cairns and its closure would have sent patrons to the remaining F&B options in the airside departures zone – Hudsons Coffee or the Crafty Cassowary.
But Menzies Aviation has stepped into the breach and taken over the running of the lounge.
Menzies Aviation owns and operates over twenty lounges around the world.
Whilst international services into Cairns have been downgraded in recent years, the Reef Lounge was one of the few Priority Pass outposts in Australia and has remained the go to lounge for premium class passengers travelling on international flights servicing Cairns.
There has been some speculation Air Niugini will take over the Cathay Pacific route and might have managed the Reef Lounge, but Air Niugini’s management has gone quiet on both fronts.
In the meantime, Priority Pass holders have lost access to the Reef Lounge. Menzies is reportedly in talks with airlines (and one might assume with Priority Pass) to restore access. It’s fair to assume Menzies would want to generate as much contract business as possible for their Cairns outpost. Oz Traveller cannot imagine too many casual walk ins at the predominantly leisure oriented Cairns airport.
At the time of writing, the Reef Lounge is a pay-per-use operation and is charging AUD$55/35 per adult/child respectively. A child is defined as aged between two and eleven. Payment is via credit or debit card at the lounge’s front desk.
The Reef Lounge is open daily. The opening times are as follows:
|Monday||05:00 – 13:00|
|Tuesday||06:30 – 13:00|
|Wednesday||07:00 – 15:00|
|Thursday||07:30 – 15:00|
|Friday||07:30 – 13:00|
|Saturday||05:00 – 15:00|
|Sunday||07:00 – 15:00|