A new lounge for international premium passengers will
replace the administration office in Queenstown Airport.
The airport corporation announced last week it had signed a
deal with aviation ground-handling company PlaneBiz to fit
out and manage the lounge on behalf of Qantas and its partner
The Manaia Lounge will cater for up to 75 guests and offer
views of the Remarkables mountain range from the first floor
of the terminal.
Features will include modern, comfortable furnishings,
dedicated bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, newspapers, freshly
prepared food and hot and cold beverages, including bar
Administration staff will move into a new space on the ground
floor next to the baggage reclaim area in mid-May. PlaneBiz
will then complete an eight-week fit-out in time for the
region's peak ski season.
''With Qantas going daily between Sydney and Queenstown this
winter and the new Emirates alliance opening us up to further
long-haul markets, we're delighted to have the opportunity to
offer premium facilities to these travellers,'' airport chief
executive Scott Paterson said.
''It will also free up some space in the terminal which will
assist with passenger flows and allow us to comfortably host
more visitors during our busy winter months.''