Air New Zealand airport manager Dave Whitaker (left) with
Air New Zealand Koru Lounge concierges Carla Patterson and
Dennis Connaghan in the refurbished lounge at Queenstown
Airport. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
The newly refurbished Air New Zealand Koru Lounge
officially opened for members on Saturday and a customer
function is planned for tomorrow evening to celebrate the
Work began on the extension and redesign almost three months
ago, with a temporary lounge erected in a marquee in front of
Queenstown Airport's main entrance.
Mr Whitaker said the lounge had almost tripled in floor size,
allowing about 90 people to be seated - up from about 55
previously - had increased viewing space and had been
refurbished and refurnished.
"It's made a huge difference.
"Queenstown Airport is the fastest-growing airport - there
are a lot of extra services and a lot of our VIP customers
travel on those services.
"The lounge became too small."
In addition to the extra space, the high-value customers were
also able to enjoy a comfortable, warm, quiet space with a
"It's got a nice ambience about it. People can come in and do
their business here and not be disturbed." The lounge was
created by Air New Zealand Design House environments designer