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Airport Lounges in Australia
As a business or holiday traveller, there is nothing more frustrating than having to endure a particularly lengthy stopover or a flight delay. Time seems to drag on, and the passengers who are forced to endure this soon grow tired of simply watching the happenings at the airport. Of course, it can always be argued that modern communication devices and technology enable people to keep in touch with their work and they can use their laptops or mobile. But there are limitations and for many others, that may not always be possible.
One of the best ways to combat this tedium and inertia of a long wait at the airport is to find a good airport lounge. Now all airport lounges across the globe are not always of the same standard, though many airlines are trying to standardise them, especially in countries where they ply frequently. But space and other bureaucratic constraints are main reasons as to why this is still an issue.
Visitors and transit passengers into Australia, however, need not worry. The airport lounges in Australia are one of the best in terms of the facilities and conveniences they provide. These lounges are away from the hustle and bustle of the airport and enable an environment of peace and calm, with all modern business amenities available. It is possible to find lounges that are not only for VIPs, and the fees for these lounges (which can include food and beverages, along with shower facilities) may be just ideal - and practical - especially if somebody has more than five hours to kill.
The VIP lounges at Melbourne are one such example. They offer access to television, and the internet, along with complementary snacks and drinks. The couches are comfortable and relaxing. The other lounges are just as guest-friendly, and affordable for the normal passenger as well.
Over the years, efforts have been made to bring down the prices and not make airport lounge facilities in Australia appear as if they can afforded only by the super-rich. Typically travelers who are members of frequent flyer programs get complimentary access. One way to earn a ton of points is to buy your flight (and other travel expenses and everyday items) on a frequent flyer credit card long before you fly. Then you can redeem those points for access to the frequent flyer program which will get you into the airline lounge.
Perth airport, which happens to be the fourth-busiest in terms of traffic, has many lounges both for regular passengers as well for VIPs. These lounges are open seven days a week and their hours of operation are centreed on the flight timings of various airlines.
The Qantas airport lounge at Sydney has already set a new benchmark in terms of its design and superb service, luxury, as well as comfort it provides to guests. The interesting theme and design has revolved around restoring the romance and thrill of international travel for passengers. Its specialty includes separate zones demarcated within the lounge for a day spa, library and restaurant, thereby catering to the varying tastes and preferences of its guests.
The airport lounges at Brisbane and Cairns are very similar in terms of the luxury and facilities offered, and it can be safely said that Australia is one of the few countries that has managed to bring about an element of standardisation and uniformity in its airport lounges.