Passengers using the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge and Qantas Club at Melbourne Airport are set to benefit from a major upgrade with more seating and new dining options before they fly. The Melbourne lounge project was announced with several other investments at Qantas’ full year results on August 25.
Work on the extensive redevelopment will begin in November this year, with construction completed in stages to allow ongoing lounge access during the scheduled 12-month build. The Woods Bagot designed lounges will reflect Melbourne’s culture and urban environment.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the investment will give the airline’s growing number of customers travelling through Melbourne Airport a much-improved start to their journey. “Melbourne is one of the busiest ports in our network and with passenger numbers continuing to increase, it’s the right time to make our lounges there bigger and better,” Mr Joyce said. “While they will incorporate some of the elements that we’ve introduced with our recent Brisbane and Perth lounge upgrades, the new Melbourne lounges will have some unique local flair to them,” he added.
The combined footprint of the lounges will remain the same but space will be used more effectively to deliver a Business Lounge with 40 per cent more capacity (with room for approximately 350 people) and a Qantas Club with 10 per cent more capacity (with room for approximately 530 people). Combined, the lounges will be able to accommodate around 130 more people compared with the current configuration. The new lounges will share a joint reception but have separate entries, which will reduce the walking distance for Business Lounge customers compared with the current setup.
Since 2014, Qantas has rolled out significant improvements to nearly 30 domestic and international lounges. New lounges are currently under construction at both ends of the upcoming Perth-London route. Qantas operates up to 650 domestic and regional flights from Melbourne every week.