Virgin Australia’s airport lounges in Cairns, Darwin and Mackay have permanently closed, after being padlocked on a ‘temporary’ basis since March.
These closures follow those previously announced for the airline’s lounges in Alice Springs and Wellington, as well its Terminal 2 facility at Perth Airport, which primarily served regional flyers.
Virgin Australia blames “low visitation” for its decision, while also flagging that the future of its Canberra lounge “remains under review”.
The Virgin Australia lounge at Brisbane Airport has now re-opened, with lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast to follow, subject to an increase in passenger volumes and state borders coming down.
VARA, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, will also continue after “a comprehensive business review”.
The news comes as the airline unveils its plans for the future, including a vision to operate flights across “a comprehensive network of domestic and regional destinations”, although Virgin Australia had previously confirmed an exit from regional destinations such as Bundaberg, Ayers Rock, Mildura and more.
Earlier news: Virgin Australia departs from eight regional routes