Air New Zealand may expand Koru Lounge in Sydney to accommodate more travelers

Air New Zealand may expand Koru Lounge in Sydney to accommodate more travelers

The Koru Lounge at Sydney Airport will soon be expanding as lounge operator Air New Zealand seeks to accommodate a growing number of business travelers in the Australian hub, reports Australian Business Traveler.

Currently, premium passengers on Air New Zealand and other members of the Star Alliance airline group - which includes American carriers like Continental Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways - are allowed to use the Koru Lounge. Lounge traffic is expected to increase again shortly when Air New Zealand embarks on a new partnership with Australian carrier Virgin Blue.

"We have to make sure we have the appropriate capacity with the numbers going through the lounge," Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand's general manager for Australia, told the source. "We’re investigating a couple of options, [and] we’ll evaluate them over the next three or four months and work with Sydney Airport to determine what’s viable."

One potential change to the lounge entails opening up the first class area that is currently only used during special events or periods of heavy traffic. Additionally, the lounge may reduce the number of desktop PCs in its area to add new seating for passengers using laptops or iPads.

By Christopher Straub

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