Corporate Traveller

Industry News - September

Changi’s T4 opening soon

Changi Airport in Singapore is set to begin operations at its new Terminal 4. Effective from 31 October, the nine airlines that will fly from this terminal will slowly transfer to their new base of operations. These airlines include Cathay Pacific, Vietnam Airlines and Korean Air among others.

 

New Melbourne pay-as-you-go airport lounge

Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 2 now boasts a new premium airport lounge open to all airline passengers. The Marhaba Lounge accommodates up to 200 guests and features a comfortable seating, shower facilities, buffet dining, Hudson coffee and a selection of Australia’s finest wines. Open seven days a week from 6am until midnight, a visit of up to four hours costs from $65 per adult. Mahraba is also available to Priorty Pass members.

 

Etihad loyalty programme rejig

Etihad Airways is making changes to its frequent flyer programme. From next month, the carrier will align all status tiers to have the same one-year validity period. Then, from January the Etihad Guest programme will rejig the miles required for seat redemption on certain routes as well as increase the miles required for upgrades.

 

Sofitel Wellington

The Sofitel Wellington plans to reopen in October. The hotel has been closed since last December, following a fire in the restaurant that necessitated a revamp due to smoke damage.

 

BA Transfer Drive

British Airways is launching a new service at London’s Heathrow Airport. Dubbed Premium Transfer Drive, the service is for Business or First class travellers at risk of missing their connecting flight. Cabin crew will inform affected travellers that an airside car transfer will be waiting to take them directly to their next flight.

 

Qatar chauffeur transfers

Qatar Airways has launched a new chauffeur-driven transfer service. Offering door-to-door transfers to travellers in all cabin classes, the paid service is available at more than 85 destinations worldwide. Prices in Sydney and Melbourne vary, starting from around US$100 in business class or US$162 in first class.

 

Travelodge launches silent check-out

Travelodge has introduced a silent check-out service at its Sydney Airport hotel. Guests catching an early flight have the option to finalise their stay without having to utter a word. Instead, guests can simply check out by pointing to a poster for their reception requests, with options including ‘I need coffee’, ‘I need to settle my bill’, or ‘I missed my flight, can I stay another night?’. In addition, they also have the option of a special olfactory alarm clock that can be programmed to produce the smell of bacon or coffee for them to wake up to.