Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Perth International Airport T1

Singapore Airlines are the only Star Alliance carrier to operate a lounge at Perth International Airport. Singapore Airlines has its own lounges at all the ports it operates from in Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Operating its own lounges across Australia is likely no small investment – however it does allow the airline to better control the experience. Another airline which does the same is Emirates (we’ve reviewed their lounges in Melbourne and Sydney).

The SilverKris Lounge Perth lounge is tucked in near Gate 5, next to what was (up until recently) the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge.

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The lounge itself has restricted operating hours to suit Singapore Airlines’ 3-4 daily frequencies between Perth and Singapore. It has posted daily operating hours of 11am – 5:10pm and 10:10pm – 1:10am (as well as 4:15am – 6:30am when SQ224 is operating, although we expect it closes on the boarding of that service).

The lounge also caters for Virgin Australia flights and so is also open 2 hours prior to the departure of Virgin Australia’s international flights from Perth. As we’ve reported previously, Virgin are cutting Phuket from 31 January 2016 and replacing its Perth – Bali flights with Tigerair ones from March 2016, so this arrangement will likely vanish with Virgin’s international flights from Perth.

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Fellow Star Alliance members Air New Zealand, Thai Airways International and South African Airways all use the Qantas lounge. This might seem like an odd decision, until you actually visit the Singapore Airlines lounge and realise how small it really is. Furthermore with Qantas having so few international flights out of Perth, there is plenty of capacity in the flying kangaroo’s lounge.

SilverKris Lounge reception staff here have a list of the customers they’re expecting and if you’re not on that list, the chances of them letting you in are pretty slim – particularly if you are not flying with Singapore Airlines or Virgin Australia.

On one occasion we tried to bring a guest who was flying Thai Airways into the lounge (while we were flying Singapore Airlines) and it took more persuading than it should have needed to get the lounge to abide by the Star Alliance lounge access policy.

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Perth is far from the most impressive lounge in Singapore Airlines’ Australian network – it is a very similar setup to the SilverKris Lounge Adelaide (read small and serviceable).

There were some hot food options that we opted out from trying. Mini meat pies and vegetarian curry puffs were also available.

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Next to the food was a selection of spirits and a fridge with beer and soft drinks. Coffee and tea was also available.

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On the other side of the wall there is another small food section with some sandwiches and cakes.

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Behind the desk at the entrance there is a small ‘business centre’ with 3 PCs and a printer.

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The lounge doesn’t have showers, but it does have its own bathrooms.

Other than that, the only other feature of the lounge is rows of seating.

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The lounge has a seating capacity for around 70 passengers (at a stretch). Given that the A330s and 777s that Singapore Airlines run to Perth have between 30 and 38 business class seats, on a full flight this leaves very little room for guests or Star Alliance Gold members flying in Economy.

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Now that Malaysia Airlines have vacated the adjacent space at Perth International Airport as part of cost-cutting measures (touting the closure on their website as ‘service improvements in our lounge’) there is probably an opportunity for Singapore Airlines to take over that space. The question for Singapore Airlines is whether the Perth market is big enough to justify the investment.

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The SilverKris Lounge Perth is by far the least exciting lounge at Perth Airport’s international terminal. It certainly pales in comparison to Singapore Airlines’ offerings in larger Australian cities such as Sydney, but that is probably to be expected given the relative scale of Singapore Airlines’ services.

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