Heathrow Airport has been named as the location for Qantas’ next flagship global lounge, with construction of the facility scheduled to begin in September.

The premium lounge will occupy a split-level space in Terminal 3 that will have capacity for approximately 230 people and offer views over the Heathrow airfield when it opens in early 2017. The design will combine signature features of the airline’s facilities in other ports with local touches to make the design and experience distinctively London.

Commenting that now was the right time for fresh investment in the national carrier’s presence at the world’s second-busiest international airport, Alan Joyce, group CEO, said: “The Kangaroo Route is at the heart of Qantas’ identity and London remains one of our most important destinations.

“We want the first dedicated Qantas lounge at Heathrow to be something special. Our lounges in Australia and overseas are often named among the world’s best. Customers love them and we make regular improvements based on what they tell us they’d like to see next. We’re very proud of the new lounges we’ve launched over the past three years in Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Perth - with Brisbane to follow this year - and we’re excited to be bringing this successful formula to our customers in London.”

Features of the new lounge are to include: a Rockpool menu and dining experience; full-service bar with Rockpool cocktails; full bathroom facilities including showers; business facilities; and a children’s zone.

Until the new lounge opens, eligible passengers will continue to have access to the British Airways and American Airlines lounges at Heathrow.

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