For a city with a network of trains and trams throughout the city, it’s surprising the airport is not on the rail network. So this leaves two options to get to the Central Business District(CBD): shuttle bus or taxi. The latter is the more expensive option and my frugal mindset made the choice easy for me.
When my bus arrived at the airport, I quickly gathered all my stuff and headed to the self check-in kiosk so that my carry-on is not scrutinized by a live gate agent.
After obtaining my boarding pass, I headed to the Virgin Australia business class lounge. As I entered the lounge, I noticed a self check-in kiosk so I could of avoided the short wait for a kiosk out in the general terminal area.
THE BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE
This lounge is located landside and it’s adequately stocked with beverages. The food spread is a little lacking, but I managed to make a sandwich with the cold cuts provided.
The seating area is closed off to the terminal with high walls so it feels spacious without it being over bearing with crowd noise like this Marriott club lounge I’m in right now writing this post.
There are two food-serving areas, but only one area was serviced with food as the loads were light. The coffee and tea – which I’m not a fan off – is located separate from the main food area.
The bathrooms has a shower stall and there are two dedicated showers located outside the bathrooms. Either shower area has a changing area, toilet, and sink basin.
When boarding time was called, I cleared security quickly thanks to the dedicated priority screening line where it took less than 5 minutes to clear.
The flight was pleasant and short. I was seated in 2A, window seat on the second row. Virgin Australia offers two classes of services on their short haul flights: business and economy. To me, it’s the equivalent of a domestic first class seat. The seats have a bit of recline and no foot rests.
The flight supervisor Nikki introduced herself. I asked if there would be a meal service given that it’s only an hour-long flight. She kindly replied that there would be.
She presented me with either water or juice as the departure drink.
Upon reaching cruising altitude, each person in business class was given a Samsung tablet with a set of inexpensive headphones.
After the tablets were distributed, I was presented with a vegetarian pumpkin salad or a fish dish for the meal options.
Shortly before landing, Nikki came around and collected the tablets. The headphones were our to keep or dispose of.