Qantas Airways has announced that its Qantas Domestic Business Lounge and Qantas Club at Melbourne Airport will undergo a major renovation. This announcement was made during the year end results meeting for the Qantas Group.
Although both lounge areas will not expand in actual size, both will use their space more effectively to accommodate more guests. The capacity for visitors at the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge will increase by 40 percent while that for the Qantas Club will increase by about 10 percent. The new configurations will provide room for 130 additional passengers.
The new design by Woods Bagot will incorporate the culture and urban flair of Melbourne while increasing comfort and convenience for guests at the same time. The new set up will have a joint reception area for both lounges. However, once check in has been completed at reception, passengers will enter into their respective areas through different entrances. The Business Lounge will also be designed in a way that shortens the distance Business Lounge travelers have to cover between leaving the lounge area and reaching the gate.
Qantas has made similar upgrades to its Perth and Brisbane lounges last year. Overall, Qantas has improved around 30 airport lounge areas - domestic and international - since 2014.
The redevelopment of the Melbourne lounges will begin in November of 2017 and will take 12 months to complete. The construction will be completed in phases so that flyers will continue to have access to these lounge areas throughout the upgrading period.
Currently, Qantas operates over 650 domestic and regional flights out of the Melbourne airport every week.