Air New Zealand's new lounge at Perth Airport opened today, the airline's first at the Western Australia airport. Travellers familiar with Air New Zealand's lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as those across New Zealand, will recognise some of the design aspects, as the new lounge has been modeled after these spaces.
Air New Zealand has been developing and upgrading its lounges as part of a NZ$100 million (US$69 million) refurbishment program, which include those in Hamilton, Invercargill, Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin and Palmerston North in New Zealand and Nadi in Fiji.
The new Perth lounge is divided into four areas - a cafe, business zone, lounge zone and quiet zone - and overlooks the internal atrium from its perch on the second floor of the terminal near Gate 52A. There's also a self-service food buffet and drinks station for travelers to use, and shower facilities are also available. From the tech side, wifi is available throughout the lounge and most seats have direct access to power sockets and USB ports.
The space also gives Star Alliance members their second dedicated lounge at Perth Airport - Singapore Airlines currently operates a Silverkris lounge at Perth, and it is likely travelers on Singapore's flag carrier will continue to go to this lounge. Alongside these two carriers, Perth Airport is also served by fellow Star Alliance members Thai Airways and South African Airways.
The following travelers can access Air New Zealand's new Perth Airport lounge:
Air New Zealand business class passengers
Air New Zealand Airpoints Elite, Gold, Elite Partner and Koru members
Other Star Alliance Gold members traveling in any cabin class
Other Star Alliance International first and business class passengers