Perth airport’s former control centre and observation deck to be transformed into new pay to enter Aspire lounge
The fact that it is housed in Perth airport’s former control centre and a part of the observation deck, Swissport’s first Aspire lounge in Australia, will provide outstanding views of activities at the Western Australia gateway to international passengers preparing to depart on flights.
The new premium departure facility will be located on level 3 of T1 International, connected to the international departures area and close to boarding gates. It will cover an area of 530 square metres and provide accommodation for up to 140 guests.
It is due to open in mid-2020 and supports an increasing demand from passengers for so-called pay-to-use lounge facilities across the globe. It will cost AUD55 + 10% goods and services tax (GST) for a three hour stay, but will also be open to complimentary guests once partnership agreements are closed.
Aviation headlines at Perth have been dominated by the nonstop Qantas flight to London, which passenger numbers would suggest has been a great success. Traffic levels at the airport returned to a growth position in 2018, rising +2.1% year-on-year after three consecutive years of negative traffic growth. But, total annual passenger levels still remain below the 2014 high, and this year remain fairly flat, growing just +0.5% in the first half of 2019.
Perth’s international network extends to 18 destinations, based on CAPA – Centre for Aviation analysis of OAG schedule data for the current week (week commencing 09-September-2019). This accounts for just under a third (31.7%) share of the airport’s total system capacity.
While Qantas and Virgin Australia are the largest operators in Perth, international connectivity is dominated by foreign carriers with Singapore Airlines, Indonesia AirAsia, Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways among the operators offering the largest capacity. From next year, passengers of these airlines will all be able to access to the new Aspire lounge.
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