PUBLISHED 08 SEPTEMBER 2020
Perth’s International Airport is getting its first pay per use lounge next year with an announcement last week that the Swissport lounge brand, Aspire, will open on level 3 of Perth’s Terminal One midway through 2020.
A media release from Perth Airport notes that Swissport is already operating Virgin Australia’s domestic Perth lounge. It also operates some 20 lounges across Europe.
The selling point for the new Perth lounge is its views. Located upstairs on the observation deck (level 3) the new lounge’s PR team is cheerfully pointing out that the other T1 Perth lounges – Singapore’s Krisflyer, Qantas, and Air New Zealand lounges have no views.
In addition to lots of light, you could presumably expect the standard lounge experience – food, drinks, real coffee, showers, WiFi, comfy seating, and a reprieve from the hoi polloi milling in the departure lounges.
There is no word yet whether the dining options will include a la carte.
While the Perth Aspire lounge will probably pick up several contract customers (hello Virgin Australia and Priority Pass), passengers will also be able to enter on a pay per visit basis. Perth Airport is reporting you’ll be able to prebook a 3 hour visit for AUD$55 + GST.
Australian airports have long been a black hole in the constellation of pay per use lounges (as any visiting Priority Pass member will attest). But the situation is slowly changing. Brisbane has the Plaza Premium and brand new My Lounge, Melbourne has the Plaza Premium and The House, Sydney has the SkyTeam Lounge and The House. Even Darwin has the Catalina Lounge.
Now Perth is joining the list of local airports with pay per use lounge access.
Black holes remain Adelaide and the busy domestic terminals in Sydney and Melbourne.
Still, as the new lounge in Perth attests to, the situation is slowly improving.