Marhaba: New 'pay-as-you-go' lounge at Melbourne Airport all passengers can use

You can now kick-start you holiday the right way with free-for-all access at the new marhaba lounge at Melbourne Airport.

Located in the international terminal T2, the lounge is the first of its kind in Australia, and is open to anyone to use - no matter what flight class.

This means passengers who are not travelling in first or business class, or do not have a frequent flyer status, will be able to use the lounge for a fee of $65. The price provides access for a four hour maximum stay. Children under 12 are an additional $35.

With room for 200 guests, the lounge will have 26 staff on deck and features all the amenities you'd expect, such as free Wi-Fi, buffet cuisine, Australian wines, a quiet zone for relaxation, and importantly, shower facilities for transiting passengers.

Hudson coffee will be on site, although that may not necessarily impress local Melbourne coffee drinkers. Lounge opening hours will be from 6am until midnight.

Entering the lounge on a casual basis is easy - you can pay for access on the spot or you can guarantee your place through online bookings at marhabaservices.com.

Complimentary access will be provided to those flying with partner airlines JAL, Xianen and Tianjin. Marhaba are working on adding four more partner airlines to this list by the end of the year.

Expanding the number of airport lounges in Australia is also a priority, with talks underway in Adelaide. Adelaide Airport currently has only one airport lounge belonging to Singapore Airlines. Perth Airport will be the third.

Marhaba is part of Dnata, an international airline service provider, which has lounges in Bahrain, Dubai and Karachi, Singapore, Switzerland and Italy.

See also: The world's best airports

See also: Inside Air New Zealand's new Melbourne Airport lounge

LISTEN: Flight of Fancy - the Traveller.com.au podcast with Ben Groundwater

To subscribe to the Traveller.com.au podcast Flight of Fancy on iTunes, click here.

Comments