Perth Airport has started testing sleeping pods at its T1 precinct for international passengers, becoming the first Australian airport to offer these services to travellers.
In collaboration with Smarte Carte and Finnish company GoSleep, the airport has installed eight sleeping pods at its terminal.
Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown said the sleeping pods are intended for passengers who either arrive early or who have connecting flights with some time in-between.
Brown said: “As Australia’s Western Hub, passengers connect their flights in a variety of ways, many of those with a short stopover. These sleeping pods provide them and the broader travelling public with a place to relax in comfort.
“It’s part of our commitment to deliver an efficient and modern airport that provides the level of service and facilities that Western Australia deserves.”
GoSleep Pod features a specially designed sleek chair similar to a business class flatbed. The chairs are fitted with USB and GPO plugs for laptops or phone charging in the pod.
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In addition, the pods offer space to store hand luggage safely under the seat during use, while a moveable breathing shade provides a private place to rest. The pods also come with blankets and pillows, as well as suitcase storage.
Passengers can book the sleeping pods online for A$12 an hour.
GoSleep CEO Jussi Piispanen said: “Our sleeping pods are in 15 international airports worldwide and now finally also down under. The GoSleep Sleeping pods will be a great benefit for any tired passenger.”
Smarte Carte general manager Sam Khalil said the sleeping pods will offer passengers more comfort and convenience.
Khalil added: “We believe these products will further enhance the passenger experience at Perth Airport by providing a comfortable resting facility in a cost-effective manner.”