Air New Zealand’s recently renovated Melbourne International Airport lounge will be opened to the public starting Tuesday, May 9, following an extensive overhaul and expansion that has seen its seating capacity grow by about 50 per cent.
The ground-floor lounge has been designed by architectural firm Gensler and design firm Marsen Collective, with the overall style following that of Air New Zealand’s lounge at Sydney International Airport. The revamped Melbourne lounge has been split into five separate areas with focuses on work, relaxing or refreshment. Among the facilities are a self-service food buffet, two self-service drink stations and a barista station.
The enhancement of the lounge at Melbourne International is part of a wider four-year plan that has seen the carrier pour NZ$100 million into the development of its lounge network.
“The airline has been investing heavily in the Australian market and promoting its services through its ‘Better Way to Fly’ campaign starring Dave the goose, which encourages Australians to travel Air New Zealand to North and South America,” said the airline’s general manager customer experience, Anita Hawthorne.
The revamped Melbourne lounge, which the airline says offers about 50 per cent greater seating capacity with space for 250 people, follows the opening of a slew of new lounges elsewhere across Australia and New Zealand. These include the aforementioned Sydney lounge as well as its spaces in Brisbane, Auckland, Nadi, Wellington, Queenstown, Hamilton and Invercargill.
“It’s also clear Australians love the Air New Zealand products and services after recently taking out the number one spot in AMR’s 2017 Australia Corporate Reputation Index, so we look forward to welcoming customers to our new lounge,” Hawthorne added.