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Melbourne airport’s new lounge is changing all the rules about airport lounges

September 12, 2017 10:19 PM
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Melbourne airport’s new lounge is changing all the rules about airport lounges

THE fancy new lounge at Melbourne Airport has it all — showers, wine, food — and it’s open to all passengers, even those of us in economy.

A game-changing new lounge is now at Melbourne’s international airport, offering showers, buffet food, wine, coffee and endless relaxation to everyone — even economy passengers — for just $65.

Marhaba’s first Australian airport lounge has opened at Terminal 2 and is open to all passengers leaving Melbourne on any airline.

Open daily from 6am to midnight, with enough seating for 200 people, the pay-as-you-go lounge is equipped with a “quiet zone”, shower facilities, buffet cuisine and premium Australian wines, a barista bar from Hudson Coffee and all the Wi-Fi you need.

The Marhaba lounge gives international travellers exclusive lounge access for up to four hours. The entry fee is $65 for adults and $35 for children aged 12 and under.

Passengers can access the Marhaba lounge simply by booking online or walking in and paying on the spot.

“Melbourne Airport’s property team has worked closely with dnata [which operates Marhaba] to build a beautiful space with capacity to seat 200 people, featuring a million dollar view with a contemporary fitout,” Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Property Linc Horton said.

“Entry into the lounge is sure to kickstart any holiday the right way. We’re excited for the future and proud to open Australia’s first Marhaba experience.”

Marhaba also operates airport lounges in Dubai, Bahrain and Karachi, and offers a “meet and greet” service at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

There are a number of independent airport lounge programs available worldwide, such as Priority Pass — which requires annual membership — and Loungebuddy and Plaza Premium Lounge, which both let you pay as you go.


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