Mumbai’s Terminal 1 has been feeling like the stepchild ever since Terminal 2 opened up. Due to the unique set up of the airport terminal, which has been evolving over a long period, and only serves no-frill carriers at the moment, there has been no lounge access to the majority of the terminal for a very long time.
There used to be the Carnations Lounge, which shut down for renovation and opened up as the TFS Lounge in Terminal 1C. However, Terminal 1C, which has all the aerobridges (Gates 1-8), has separate secure access, so that works differently than the Terminal 1B, where Gates 9-20 operate from. There was an open lounge there, which did not do so well, and was shut down as well. Since then, no lounge at Terminal 1B, apart from a Bar doubling up as a lounge.
Now, this past weekend, a new Mumbai Airport Lounge T1 B has opened up. Called Oasis, the new lounge is going to be open 24 hours a day and will be available for admission by paying cash or with a few credit cards at the moment. This lounge has opened up on the mezzanine floor, where the earlier Loyalty Lounge used to be, above Coffee Day.
For cash, the price of the lounge access is INR 600 to INR 800, depending on the time of the day you gain access. Breakfast, High Tea and Midnight Hours will be for INR 600, and lunch and dinner hours will be for INR 800. While I haven’t been to the lounge so far, I’ve heard from others that it will have European, Asian and Indian food, along with a live bar. The bar is not included in the access cost. The capacity of the lounge is set at 45 people at a time.
In terms of Credit Card based access, HDFC Bank Visa Credit Cards (Infinite, Signature, Corporate) are all able to access the lounge at the moment with their credit card. I think I also saw the Yes Bank Rupay Cards being available to access this lounge right now, but not too many cards are offering this lounge at the moment. The opening of this new lounge is indeed welcome news to those who fly no-frill airlines.
Have you already visited the new Oasis Lounge at Mumbai Terminal 1B? Do share your thoughts if you have.