As if you weren’t already aware, we Aussies love to travel all over the world. And as it turns out, people from all over the world love to travel to Australia. It’s therefore no wonder that Melbourne Airport saw a record breaking number of international travellers arriving or departing last December. Meanwhile, according to a recent study, a whopping nine in ten Aussies find international travel to be a stressful affair, mainly because they worry about missing their flight. As a result, more than half of Aussie travellers arrive two to three hours before their departure time, while nearly a quarter show up even earlier than that. Where are we going with all this, you might ask? To the opening of a new American Express Lounge at the Melbourne Airport, naturally.
American Express crunched the numbers and realised that Melbourne Airport was the ideal place to set up a new, spacious lounge. Hence, that’s exactly what they did. Operated by Plaza Premium Group (who also just opened a new, separate lounge in Melbourne Airport) and located in Terminal 2, the American Express lounge delivers over 700 square metres of stress-free luxury. Inside, you’ll find two distinguished bars, plush seating, high speed Wi-Fi, complimentary food and beverages and a barista service.
Here are some more stats for you: 59% of international travellers have used a lounge within the last three years. Meanwhile, over a third of business travellers prefer to relax in a lounge before their flight. But honestly, who needs statistics when we all know we’d rather hang out in a premium lounge than wedge ourselves into one of those terminal seats, munching away on overpriced peanuts? The appeal speaks for itself. So next time you’re taking an international flight out of Melbourne, treat yourself by cruising in to the new American Express Lounge or Plaza Premium Group Lounge. You deserve it.