Lounge Review: Virgin Australia's Melbourne Airport lounge

  • Country Australia
  • City Melbourne
  • Airport Mel
  • Airline Virgin Australia
  • Location
  • Dining
  • Work
  • Overall

Introduction

After months of renovations and standing at over 100 metres from end to end, the revitalised Virgin Australia Melbourne lounge now boasts space for 608 guests, along with new espresso and wine bars.

With the previous Melbourne lounge having only been renovated in 2011, Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti told Australian Business Traveller last year that “the problem with Melbourne – and it's a good problem to have – is that when we built it with 80 or 100 percent more seating capacity than the old one, we were expecting it to last us for another two or three years.”

So come in, take a look around!

Location & Impressions

Awkwardly positioned in the ‘landside’ space between two departure piers (below), the lounge itself remains before security screening.

However, from July, lounge lizards will gain a new 'Premium Exit' – offering two dedicated screening lanes for passengers bound for gates 1-10 on the northern pier.

When you first enter the lounge, you'll notice its spaciousness – vivid colours and timber finishings avoid the near-'clinical' appearance of its predecessor.