Swissport International is developing its lounge business in the Asia-Pacific region and as part of that strategy it will open a new departure lounge under the Aspire brand at Perth Airport in Western Australia mid next year.
The lounge will be built in the airport’s former control centre and a part of the observation deck, transforming it into a dedicated space for passengers to unwind before embarking on their journey.
It will be located on level 3 of terminal T1 International, connected to the international departures area and close to boarding gates. The new Aspire lounge will seat 140 guests set within 530 square metres of space.
“We are delighted to open our first premium lounge at Perth Airport bringing our Aspire brand to Australia for the first time,” said Shaun Weston, Swissport’s vice president global lounges at Swissport International.
“In Perth, our guests will have a perfect start to their travel experience with panoramic views of the airfield and the city skyline.”
Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown said the new lounge is part of a wave of investment to take the airport into the future, providing the amenity and efficiency to deliver passengers a seamless, quality travel experience.
“International travellers from Perth Airport have never had this option – but the wait will be more than worth it. We believe this will be the best lounge of its type in Australia,” added Brown.
As part of their airport ground services Swissport manages 40 lounges at more than 27 airports in 11 countries across the globe under its hospitality brand Aspire Lounges, welcoming guests irrespective of airline or class of travel.
Among others, Swissport operates Aspire lounges at the airports of Amsterdam, Calgary, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Johannesburg, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Montreal, Nairobi and Zurich.
Last year, Swissport welcomed over five million passengers across their global Aspire lounge network. Over the coming five years, Swissport said it plans to further grow its hospitality business significantly.
In Australia and New Zealand, Swissport offers ground handling services at 32 airports, partnering with all major domestic airlines and many international carriers in the region. In addition, Swissport has extensive experience operating lounges in Australia on behalf of airlines such as Virgin Australia and Qantas.