Virgin Australia will temporarily close its lounge at Adelaide Airport from next Wednesday, 26 February 2020, to allow construction work to take place.
However, the good news is that a brand new Virgin Lounge in Adelaide will open in April. The new lounge is set to be a vast improvement over the current lounge at Adelaide Airport which is relatively small, has mediocre food options and no airport views.
In total, Virgin Australia will be without a lounge at Adelaide Airport for around 5 weeks, starting from next Wednesday. During this time, Virgin will operate a “Summer Pop Up” with limited services and capacity.
Virgin Australia’s “Summer Pop Up” at Adelaide Airport
While the Virgin Australia Lounge at Adelaide Airport is upgraded, the airline will operate what it’s calling a “Summer Pop Up” near gates 15 & 16.
The temporary lounge will not serve hot food, nor are toilets or showers available. Instead, a selection of cold, self-serve “Grab & Go” food items will be available. Barista coffee, tea and soft drinks will be served all day, and alcoholic beverages – as normal – will be available from 11am. Complimentary newspapers will also be provided.
The Summer Pop Up will be open to Virgin Australia Lounge members, Business class passengers and Velocity Gold & Platinum members up to 90 minutes before their Virgin Australia flight departs.
However, due to space constraints, access will not be provided to eligible frequent flyers with Virgin Australia’s partner airlines, nor those using single-entry lounge passes (such as those that come with Silver Velocity membership, or credit card lounge passes).
Access will also not be available on arrival, and Platinum members will have a reduced guest limit of 2 people (normally 3). In addition, any guests must be travelling on the same Virgin Australia flight.
jase05 was in Virgin Australia’s Adelaide lounge yesterday, and says:
Was in the lounge before my early flight to MEL this morning and the new lounge is on track to be opened second week of April. The pop up lounge will only have capacity for about 80 so aswell as the restrictions mentioned earlier there are a few others such as Platinums only being able to guest 2 and all lounge entrants must have an onward flight with VA. The 90 minute limit will be strictly enforced so if you arrive more than 90 minutes before your scheduled flight you will be denied access.
New Adelaide Virgin Lounge Coming Soon
By all accounts, the short-term pain will be worthwhile as Virgin Australia’s new Adelaide lounge will be significantly better than the current location.
As someone who has seen the construction drawings for the new lounge, the short term pain of this pop out lounge will be worth it. The new kitchen looks like it can cook some serious meals, the toilet block is approx 3 times the size of the current one an there is this decent sized section with not alot of detail but alot of partitions and air con vents
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Temporary arrangements for Adelaide Domestic Lounge “until Apr 2020”