Malaysia Airlines has closed its airport lounges at Perth and Singapore as the airline continues efforts to slash costs and ‘right-size’ its operations.
Business class passengers and Enrich Platinum and Gold frequent flyers travelling from Perth Airport are being directed to the business lounge of Oneworld partner Qantas.
The Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport has also been shuttered, with travellers steered to the Premier Lounge – although MAS notes that “guests who have valid Enrich Golden Lounge Access redemption voucher to access the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge are not entitled to use this Premier Lounge as is this a 3rd party lounge."
The move mirrors MAS’ decision to close Sydney lounge in 2014 in favour of the airport’s superior Qantas lounges.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller told Australian Business Traveller earlier this year that some of the airline’s own lounges would “be closed and replaced… in order to provide a better service to the customer, because our smaller lounges will never be able to compete with a larger lounge equipped with showers and so forth."