As we first learned last February, Qantas is in the process of building their own lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3. This terminal already has such a fantastic lounge setup thanks to the Cathay Pacific Lounge, so I’d argue the terminal has better oneworld lounges than British Airways’ home at Terminal 5.
Qantas’ new lounge should help with alleviating crowding, and should also be a beautiful new addition for those looking to lounge hop. Last we heard, the lounge was supposed to open in early 2017, though clearly that hasn’t happened. Construction delays are incredibly common, especially when it comes to airports, so I’m not surprised the lounge isn’t open.
Just last week I was thinking about this lounge and how it still hasn’t opened, and it looks like we now have an update on when we can expect it. AusBT notes that Qantas’ new London Heathrow Lounge is expected to open in November. While an exact date hasn’t yet been given, apparently construction is nearing an end.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, given that there were job postings online for a server job at the lounge starting November 1, 2017 (for anyone wondering, the salary for that job is £8.75 per hour).
I can’t wait for this lounge to open. I’ll be traveling through Terminal 3 a couple of times in the next few months, so I look forward to checking out this space. The lounge should have seating for 230 guests, and will be open to oneworld first & business class passengers, as well as oneworld Emerald & Sapphire members.