On my trip back from Davao, I got the chance to check out the Mabuhay Lounge in the Davao Airport. It’s smaller when compared to the main one in NAIA. It was a pretty neat experience since I got to meet up with MJ, as he was waiting for another flight.
This review will look at the Mabuhay Lounge and how it stands up to the increasing standards that Philippine Airlines wants to reach.
Davao International Airport is a far cry from even Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It’s smaller and a bit more chaotic, with people and staff moving all over the place.
The Mabuhay Lounge, much like the one in Manila is exclusively for passengers who are either business class passengers of Philippine Airlines, or are part of their prestigious Mabuhay Miles program.
Members of the frequent flyer program should at least have an Elite Status to enter.
The Mabuhay Lounge in Davao Airport is not that big. They had two or maybe three kinds of seats. There were barely any tables.
Just take a look at these five chairs surrounding a tiny coffee table. There weren’t any seats facing the windows, either. In fact, the view from the lounge wasn’t that great.
There’s also this work station with a singular PC that doesn’t seem to be working. Instead, there were just a few not-so-appealing seats placed within the workspace. Next to it was a pamphlet stand.
Seemingly in the middle of the lounge, a small buffet table with a small selection of food was presented. although the famous Mabuhay lounge Arroz caldo was there, it was a ray of light on an otherwise bland food table.
Just by the side, there was a small table where customers can get coffee, hot chocolate, and draft bear with a small, empty refrigerator.
There are only three lounges in Davao Airport, two of which are PAGSS lounges. For now, I’m more likely inclined to look at these two lounges just to see if they’ll have better facilities than this lounge.
It’s a very private area, and there aren’t a lot of people staying in it. However, the food and beverage selection was disappointing.
Their workstation wasn’t even functioning properly. The lounge is only a good option if you only aim to get a few minutes of sleep, as some armchairs are a bit too rough.
Philippine Airlines recently received a four-star rating once again from Skytrax. And as of what I know, they are aiming for that five-star rating in the near future.
I’d like them to put more focus on their ground product. In all honesty, The Mabuhay Lounges are nothing special. They lack in many areas and shine in very few.
A great premium lounge can bring about exponential improvements to the reputation of an airline—and if PAL plays their cards right, they’ll have better ground services, even better flight experiences, and another star to their Skytrax in the near future.