• Uber Air's $100 'flying taxi' rides between Melbourne CBD and airport

    Uber plans to launch an advanced 'flying taxi' service between Melbourne CDB and Melbourne Airport in 2020, whisking business travellers and other time-pressed souls between city rooftop and airport landing pad in 10 minutes for less than $100. The trial of the Uber Air service will involve a ra...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 11 Comments

  • AMEX axes Priority Pass meal credit at Australian airports

    American Express is withdrawing the offer of $36 of credit at selected cafes and restaurants at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast airports via AMEX Platinum card membership to the global Priority Pass lounge scheme. While access to Priority Pass-partnered lounges&nbs...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2019 36 Comments

  • A Qantas flyer's guide to Melbourne international lounge access

    Jetting abroad from Melbourne Airport with Qantas or one of its partner airlines? You could have access to as many as four lounges before a single flight – or up to six lounges for any one journey, when carrying the right credit card and lounge membership – but choosing which lounge t...

    POSTED 7 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Top tips for Qantas flyers visiting Melbourne's domestic lounges

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Whether you're hunting down a quiet place to work at what's otherwise a bustling airport or finding the fastest way to grab your coffee before zipping to the boarding gate, the...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2019 29 Comments

  • Your guide to Melbourne Airport's international business class lounges

    Melbourne's international terminal features no less than eight lounges for business class passengers, and with some boarding passes unlocking not just one, but several pre-flight lounges, it pays to know all your options. For example, Qantas business class passengers may naturally gravitate to t...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 23 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport to run international flights from domestic terminals

    Melbourne Airport plans to run international flights from its domestic Qantas and Virgin Australia terminals within five years. The move will allow both airlines to easily switch aircraft such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 between domestic and international routes. The airport aims to insta...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2018 11 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport Rail Link: here’s what you need to know

    Melbourne’s long-awaited railway link between Tullamarine Airport and the CBD has been getting plenty of coverage following this weekend’s promises by the state government. Here’s the Australian Business Traveller executive summary while to read while you sit in an Uber, a taxi...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2018 46 Comments

  • Priority Pass continues Melbourne expansion with Rex Lounge

    Melbourne Airport’s Rex Lounge is now open to Priority Pass cardholders, being the second lounge in Melbourne to join the program this week following the Plaza Premium Lounge in the international terminal. Situated in Terminal 4 – the home of Regional Express (Rex), Jetstar, Tigerair...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2018 4 Comments

  • Melbourne's Plaza Premium Lounge now welcomes Priority Pass

    Members of the global Priority Pass airport lounge scheme can now access the Plaza Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal. Opened in March 2018, the lounge is divided into a range of zones, including a dedicated dining area… … a relaxation zone with n...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 8 Comments

  • Photos: American Express opens new Melbourne Airport lounge

    Melbourne-based high flyers can now begin their journey abroad in the all-new American Express Lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal, opening daily from Tuesday March 27 2018. Located beyond security screening and passport control, you'll find AMEX's new space directly opp...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2018 21 Comments

  • American Express to open new Melbourne Airport lounge on March 27

    The long-awaited American Express lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international T2 terminal will be open to travellers from Tuesday March 27, 2018. A spokesperson for American Express has confirmed the opening date to Australian Business Traveller, with the adjacent Plaza Premium lounge...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2018 35 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport goes luxe with high-end retail, dining

    Luxury has landed at Melbourne Airport, with the T2 International Terminal now boasting a bevy of top-shelf international retailers plus some local heroes for preflight dining. The airport believes the new luxury retail and dining outlets will not only reflect Melbourne’s self-proclaimed p...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2017 8 Comments

  • Priority Pass unlocks $36 of food and drink at Melbourne Airport

    Priority Pass’ growing network of affiliated restaurants now includes two locations at Melbourne Airport, where members of the global airport lounge scheme receive a $36 credit towards the cost of their pre-flight meal in place of lounge access. On the list is Bar Pulpo by MoVida, speciali...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2017 14 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's ambitious Melbourne terminal 3 make-over

    Virgin Australia’s domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport will be dramatically reshaped over the coming years, with the aim of delivering what the airline promises will be a “world class passenger experience.” “This isn't just a lick of paint,” jokes Virgin Australi...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2017 19 Comments

  • Melbourne gets pay-to-access Marhaba airport lounge

    Melbourne Airport's international terminal will see its first pay-to-enter lounge with the opening of the new Marhaba lounge on September 12, 2017. Part of the Marhaba lounge network operated by the Emirates-owned Dnata air services group, passengers who lack access to an airline-spe...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2017 40 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport's new UberX pick-zones (you'll pay for them)

    Melbourne Airport is set to open dedicated UberX pick-up zones at its domestic and international terminals – but drivers will pay to use them, and pass that cost onto passengers. The airport will levy an 'airport access charge' of $4 per trip, beginning tomorrow when the waiting and pick-u...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 9 Comments

  • Melbourne's SkyBus offers Virgin Australia frequent flyer points

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now earn frequent flyer points on SkyBus tickets to and from Melbourne Airport. Travellers can collect 100 Velocity points when buying a one-way adult ticket and 250 Velocity points on a round-trip fare, with 500 Velocity points for a ...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Luxe make-over for Melbourne Airport's T2 international terminal

    Melbourne Airport's international terminal is getting a retail-oriented revamp, with an emphasis on upmarket fashion and gourmet dining. The airport suggests the make-over "will capture the character of Melbourne in a way that truly showcases the sophisticated essence of the city" in "a vibrant ...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2016 33 Comments

  • Do Sydney, Melbourne international airports need an arrivals lounge?

    TALKING POINT | At Australian Business Traveller, we spend a lot of time in airport lounges. If we’re not attending the official opening or getting an exclusive sneak peek at a shiny new lounge, we’re either waiting for a flight or counting down the hours between flights – just...

    POSTED 30 May, 2016 11 Comments

  • Photos: Etihad opens Melbourne Airport premium lounge

    Ahead of daily Airbus A380 flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond, Etihad Airways’ new ‘Premium Lounge’ now greets business class, first class and The Residence travellers at Melbourne Airport. It’s a significant step up from the airline’s already-stellar lounge in Sydne...

    POSTED 9 May, 2016 24 Comments

  • New 'VIP passenger' channel for Sydney, Melbourne airports?

    Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Airports will introduce a new 'premium arrivals' system under plans revealed in this week's Federal Budget. The proposal would extend beyond the Express Path lanes currently available to first class and business class travellers and include escorted 'fast-tracking' fr...

    POSTED 5 May, 2016 8 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport SkyBus launches new St Kilda-Airport route

    Melbourne Airport's SkyBus will begin running a new shuttle service between St Kilda and Tullamarine Airport this year. Having taken over the route currently being managed by Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle, the iconic red SkyBus fleet – which now includes free WiFi – will se...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2016 12 Comments

  • ACCC slams Sydney, Melbourne Airport parking charges

    Australia’s consumer watchdog the ACCC is rebuking the country’s major airports – particular those in Sydney and Melbourne – over the prices charged for airport parking, resulting in exorbitant profit margins at the expense of value for travellers. In its latest Airport M...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2016 10 Comments

  • Emirates opens new Melbourne Airport business, first class lounge

    Qantas partner Emirates has opened a new lounge at Melbourne Airport for the airline's first class, business class and top-tier Skywards frequent flyers. Located adjacent to the 'old' Emirates lounge, atop the escalators near Gate 10 on Level 3, it's substantially larger – with room for&...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2016 17 Comments

  • Expert tips: make the most of the Qantas first class lounge

    The Qantas first class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airport are among the world's best airport lounges, and happily they're not restricted to first class passengers – any traveller with Platinum-grade frequent flyer status is welcome, even if they're travelling in economy. This updated ...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2015 40 Comments

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