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Airport operated premium international lounge to open at Darwin Airport

Chief Minister Adam Giles opens CATALINA Lounge at Darwin International Airport, an airport-operated premium international lounge for tourists, travellers, locals and VIPs – and the first of its kind in Australia.  

Today Darwin International Airport will preview the exciting, new and premium international lounge to a crowd of special guests, in preparation for its public launch on Thursday 1st September. 

The first of its kind in Australia, CATALINA Lounge is an airport developed and operated international lounge rather than aligned with one specific airline or agency. CATALINA Lounge was created for the benefit of the airport’s existing airline partners, to attract new international airline carriers and promote tourism in the Northern Territory, with a special focus on Hong Kong, Mainland China and New Zealand. 

Proudly partnering with Northern Territory Government and Tourism NT on the project, Darwin International Airport has created a space which will meet the needs of all types of travellers, from business guests through to families. CATALINA Lounge features a kid’s zone, a flexible menu catered to a diverse audience and a VIP area for business travellers. Not only will CATALINA Lounge be a new experience for international travellers, tourists and VIPs using Darwin Airport, it also has swing capability making the space available during off-peak times as a venue for hire by business groups and local agencies.

The elegant lounge can host up to 70 passengers, is fully catered and licensed with premium facilities and modern technology. From our rich Indigenous culture through to Darwin’s fascinating aviation heritage, the space is inspired by the unique culture and history of the Northern Territory. Intricate motifs from Arnhem Land adorn the walls, while the interior design takes a gentle nod to the golden age of flying boats, the era of the Catalina and Empire Class aircraft – understated elegance, luxury travel and adventure.

Drawing on the unique Territorian theme, the featured artwork in the lounge is by 2013 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award winner for bark painting, Malaluba Gumana, an artist representing Buku Lanngyay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land. The visceral artwork Waterlilies blends seamlessly with the elegant interior. Design agency Balarinji oversaw the commissioning and installation of this unique artwork.

The project took six months to create and all building works were completed by Northern Territory builders and trades. Across the airport, CATALINA Lounge will support 10 new staff positions and Darwin International Airport is invested in working with Northern Territory hotels to package accommodation and CATALINA Lounge entry passes for international guests.

CATALINA Lounge will welcome first passengers on Thursday 1st September. Anyone can have CATALINA Lounge’s premium experience; the lounge is not exclusive to members or certain airline clients – everyone is welcome with a competitive fee payable upon entry.

About CATALINA Lounge:

  • The name CATALINA is inspired by the golden era of the flying boats, specifically the Catalina Flying Boat. Flying boats provided a vital service for Australia during the Second World War. In particular, Catalina flying boats played a unique part in daring missions by Australian airmen in Asia and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • The interior features cutting edge design and technology
  • Indigenous artwork Waterlilies by Malaluba Gumana, 2013 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award winner for bark painting and artist for Buku Lanngyay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land.
  • Waterlilies artwork commissioned and installed with the support of Ros Moriarty and the team at Balarinji design studio.
  • Walk up entry fee will start from $45 for singles, with family packages available.
  • CATALINA Lounge will be open for every departing and transiting international flight at Darwin International Airport
  • A fully catered and licensed venue featuring high-quality food and beverage service
  • A new experience for international business travellers, tourists and VIPs visiting Darwin Airport
  • Swing capability creates a unique venue for business groups and local agencies to hire
  • A space to showcase products and tailored visual merchandising
  • Multiple digital platforms which can act as promotional platforms for our partners
  • Anyone can have CATALINA Lounge’s luxury experience; the lounge is not exclusive to members or certain airline clients – everyone is welcome with a fee payable upon entry.
  • CATALINA Lounge will feature a kids zone
  • Darwin International Airport is invested in working with Northern Territory hotels to package accommodation and CATALINA Lounge entry passes for international guests.
  • VIP facility which can be used to welcome or farewell transiting high-end travellers, VIPs, dignitaries and government officials.
  • Supports premium travel expectations of international guests
  • All building works were completed by Northern Territory builders and trades
  • Across the airport, CATALINA Lounge will support 10 new staff positions

About Darwin International Airport

Darwin International Airport, together with Alice Springs and Tenant Creek Airports, is owned by Airport Development Group (ADG). Its owners are IFM Investors and Palisade Investment Partners Limited, so Darwin Airport is indirectly owned by many Australians’ superannuation funds.

The three airports have 80 full-time employees and many other contractors providing key airport services, generating total direct and indirect jobs for about 1600 Territorians. 

More than 2.4 million passengers travelled through the three airports last year with the airports and associated businesses contributing 1.5% of the Gross State Product of the Northern Territory.