Gold Coast Airport unveils new official Games Lounge for athletes, officials

A STYLISH new Airport Lounge reserved for the exclusive use of Commonwealth Games athletes and officials has been unveiled at Gold Coast Airport.

Thousands of athletes and officials from right around the globe are expected to start flying into the Coast within the next two weeks ahead of the Games’ opening ceremony on April 4.

The new GC2018 Airport Lounge has been created to give athletes, officials, sponsors, dignitaries and accredited media a brief taste of the Gold Coast before they step into the city.


The new GC2018 Airport Lounge | Source: Supplied/Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast Airport COO Marion Charlton said the new lounge would also host live entertainment to create a unique welcome and farewell for visitors.

“We created the lounge in the hope of improving the experience of athletes coming into and traveling out of the Gold Coast for this major event,” she said.

“We knew we needed to create something special and that the eyes of the world would be watching.

“The airport is the first and last impression of the destination, and that’s not a role we take lightly.

From left: Marion Charlton, Annabelle Chapman, Chris Mills, Minister Kate Jones, Borobi and Mark Peters | Source: Supplied/Gold Coast Airport

“Our focus was on bringing the Gold Coast to the airport for those GC2018 travellers who won’t have much time to spend exploring all that our beautiful region has to offer.”

The new lounge will be packed with roving entertainment from local performers, Australian wildlife presentations from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and music.

The beach and rainforest themed area will also boast a big screen with live streaming of the Games and is expected to relieve congestion in the terminal during the global event.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation CEO Mark Peters said the experience athletes had of the Gold Coast would start as soon as they stepped off the plane.

Gold Coast Airport COO Marion Charlton and Chris Mills, CEO of Queensland Airports Limited | Source: Supplied/Gold Coast Airport

“Gold Coast Airport is the gateway to the Games, and the GC2018 Airport Lounge is a wonderful initiative of the airport team to help the city deliver a friendly Games,” he said.

“Airport staff and our own GC2018 workforce will give everyone a warm welcome and I’m sure this will create a great first impression of the city.”

Designed and delivered by ExpoNet, the new lounge will be open for guests from Tuesday March 20.