Australian carrier Virgin Blue to upgrade lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Australian carrier Virgin Blue to upgrade lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Australian carrier Virgin Blue is set to upgrade its lounges at three of its major hubs over the course of the next three months, reports Australian Business Traveller.

The upgrades will take place at airports in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, all of which are served by flights from Los Angeles operated by Virgin Blue long-haul subsidiary V Australia.

Representatives for the carrier said that the lounge upgrades in all three airports constitute "a substantial refurbishment program... to enhance comfort and space" as the airline begins shifting its business model to compete with Australian national airline Qantas for business travelers.

Although the lounge in Sydney will remain open for business during the entire renovation period, the other two lounges will be closed for at least brief periods of time. The lounge in Melbourne will be closed for two weeks "to allow for intensive works," but by completing upgrades in stages, Virgin Blue hopes to keep the lounge open through the rest of the upgrades.

The Brisbane lounge, however, will be completely closed for the duration of the upgrade process, which is expected to last from the beginning of March until late April.

By Mary D'Angelo

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