EK409 - any advice on lounge given the v/early departure?

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VA Platinum

Member since 21 Nov 2013

Total posts 5

Hi all,

On 18.08 I am on EK409 MEL - DXB with an extraordinary departure time of 5.15am... I am curious as to others experiences, as to what to get up to at 3am at MEL? I presume the QF Flounge will be closed which is a shame, but guess EK may have their own? I'm a QF Plat flying in EK J class if that helps.

Any advice is much appreciated! Even if just where to get a good coffee at 3am at MEL? :)


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 May 2018

Total posts 19

EK has an own lounge, its pretty good, much better than QF Business. And they open it even at such night times.

QF First class is closed, yes. I think opens 5:15 ... ?

EK's lounge is located near Qantas First class lounge, walk a bit further and you'll see another escalator going up (to EK's lounge which is upstairs left, and opposite "The House" I think - the old Etihad lounge).

Last edited by Hellboy666 at Aug 06, 10.04 PM.
Last editedby Hellboy666 at Aug 06, 2023, 10:05 PM.


Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Nov 2011

Total posts 106

I can't think of any circumstances that would see me catch a flight that early! Awful!


Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 09 Jun 2016

Total posts 17

Trying to work out what is worse, this departure time or the EK departure from BNE at 250am


Member since 07 Nov 2018

Total posts 9

I suggest you check with Melb Airport, as I recall that whilst check in opens three hours before the flight ~3.15am, the gates to security and passport control do not open until ~4.00am (possibly 4.30am - its been a while). Nothing worse than having to hang around waiting for the gate to open, with nothing else to do.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Jun 2017

Total posts 31

I have the same recollection as Meandering from some time ago. Got to the airport nice and early but had to wait outside security in a huge line until they opened up. May have changed now? Not unlike the early QF to Melbourne in Auckland.

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