Qantas changes lounge access

As of 1 October, Qantas Club members travelling in economy on an Emirates flight will no longer have access to Qantas international business lounges. The tightened rules will also prevent members from entering the Emirates’ airport lounges at Dubai airport, unless their ticket carries a QF flight number.

The initial terms of the Qantas/Emirates alliance allowed Qantas Club members to use Qantas international business lounges in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai when flying with Emirates.

The move will impact thousands of Australian business travellers who currently pay over $800 per annum for access to Qantas Club lounges in Australia, as well as partner lounges overseas.

For more information visit Australian Business Traveller

Domestic carriers pass with flying colours
According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, domestic flyers have been treated to improved punctuality in the last financial year.

All local airlines, aside from Tigerair, showed a lift in on-time performance, with 83.4 per cent of all flights leaving, and 81.9 per cent of flights reaching the gate, within 15 minutes of their scheduled time. The percentage of flights cancelled dropped from 1.7 to 1.6 per cent, with Qantas maintaining its position as Australia’s most punctual airline.

For more information visit BITRE.

Written by SJ