Malaysia Airlines will close its Golden Lounge at Sydney International Airport this week, with passengers being redirected to Qantas' first class and business class lounges.
A spokesperson for Malaysian Airlines confirmed this week's closure to Australian Business Traveller, but was unable to advise if the Golden Lounges at Melbourne and Perth airports might also close in the future.
The decision to shutter the Sydney lounge from March 15th comes less than six weeks after MAS added a third daily flight between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur on February 3rd.
The move is believed to be part of a cost-saving drive at MAS, as it's cheaper for the airline to pay Qantas a 'lounge access' fee on a per-passenger basis than to run a dedicated lounge to support its own flights.
Malaysia Airlines passengers have in fact been entitled to use the Qantas lounges since February last year, following MAS' entry into the Oneworld alliance to which Qantas also belongs.
MAS has long been weighing up the viability of operating its own lounges in airports where Oneworld partner airlines already have a strong lounge presence.
MAS Enrich Platinum members will enjoy entry to the Qantas First lounge, while Enrich Gold and business class passengers will find the welcome mat rolled out at the Qantas Business lounge.
The airline says that its Enrich Golden Lounge Access vouchers can also be redeemed at the Qantas Business lounge.
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