9 AUGUST 2021
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With the option of a nonstop flight from London, Perth (Western Australia, might well become the first Oz route from the UK to start when Canberra eventually changes the rules. With no intermediate landings the Australian authorities should be able to monitor passengers with ease.
Aspire owner Swissport International has now opened a lounge at Perth Airport Terminal 2. This follows the recent acquisition of No1 Lounges and its facilities at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
It is the first Australian lounge under its global Aspire brand.
Developed in partnership with Perth Airport it is open to all passengers departing from Terminal 2. The terminal is currently home to charter and regional flights operated by Alliance Airlines, Rex and Virgin Australia.
The new lounge offers comfortable seating and a relaxing atmosphere for 120 guests. Visitors enjoy unique and carefully selected food and drink options, adjusted seasonally, with small, local suppliers ensuring a taste of Western Australia. Lounge amenities also include a variety of digital magazines and newspapers, charging facilities, televisions, and free wi-fi.
A second Aspire lounge at Perth Airport's Terminal 1 will launch later this year. It will be built in the airport’s former control centre and part of the observation deck, transforming it into a dedicated space for passengers to unwind and enjoy sweeping views of the airport and the city skyline before embarking on their journey. It will be located on Level 3 of Terminal 1, connected to the international departures area and close to boarding gates.
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"...When Canberra changes the rules..." I suspect not for a long time. The vaccine roll-out is very slow and much of the population supports the closed borders. I would take a punt on 2023.