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Emirates to reopen over 20 dedicated airport lounges across its network

Emirates has announced that in line with the restoration of its network and upsurge in travel demand, passengers traveling in premium cabins as well as Skywards members (the airline’s Frequent Flyer program) in select membership tiers will have access to more than 120 lounges by February 2022.

Emirates, which has resumed flights to over 90% of its pre-pandemic network, presently flies to over 120 destinations worldwide. Passengers travelling in First Class and Business Class will be able to complement their travel experience with Emirates’ signature premium lounge service at over 20 airports in its network.

As reported by IH Aviation and Travel, by late December 2021, Emirates lounges at a host of
airports in the United Kingdom will have re-opened their doors
, including London Heathrow,
Birmingham, and Manchester while the lounges in London Gatwick and Glasgow will once-again welcome passengers in January 2022.

In Europe, Emirates lounges in Germany, namely
Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Dusseldorf, in
addition to lounges in Milan and Rome in Italy, have already re-opened while the airline’s lounge in Paris is scheduled to open later this month.

On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in the United States, passengers travelling on Emirates flights can excess its lounge at Los Angeles
International Airport, Boston Logan International
Airport as well as New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airline’s San Francisco lounge will resume operations in February 2022.

An additional Emirates Lounge, to serve passengers travelling through Cairo in Egypt, has resumed operations earlier, while premium class passengers and eligible Skywards members will soon be able to relax and dine in its lounges in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Bangkok, Thailand prior to flights.

At Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, which is exclusively used by Emirates, passengers travelling in premium class and eligible Skywards members are also able to enjoy the airline’s premium lounge service at 5 of its dedicated lounges, which are now fully operational.

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In Concourse B of Terminal 3, both Emirates’ First
Class Lounge, offering a private Lounge experience for passengers flying in First Class, as well as its Business Class Lounge, have re-opened with full service offerings. Passengers flying in Business Class in addition to Skywards Platinum and Gold members can look forward to enjoying gourmet dining with premium beverages for up to 4 hours prior to departing on flights. The new menus also include vegan, vegetarian and healthier options.

Emirates‘ First Class and Business Class Lounges in Concourse A have also resumed operations in the East Wing and, in the West Wing, they are set to re-open for passengers in the coming weeks. Furthermore, plans are underway to ensure two Lounges in Concourse C are fully operational by early 2022.

Emirates’ First Class passengers and Platinum
Skywards members can enjoy complimentary access for the first passenger and up to three additional guests, including one adult and two children under 17 in the airline’s lounge facilities. Before flights, passengers in Concourse A can savour the unique flavours of gourmet dishes prepared by chefs in show kitchens, enjoy a drink at the Cigar Bar or let expert sommeliers guide them on the best vintages to indulge in, at Le Clos Wine Cellar. The lounges also feature spa services and shower facilities, a dedicated duty-free shopping area in First Class and a Concierge Duty-Free service in Business Class. Passengers enjoying the lounge facilities will also have direct access to boarding gates at the airline’s dedicated Airbus A380 hub.

In addition to Emirates’ exclusive lounge experience in Dubai and select airports within its network, First Class and Business Class customers in addition to Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members can also enjoy access to 96 partner lounges across its network and benefit from their services before flights, with an additional 15 partner lounges to be phased in.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently announced that it will operate daily flights to Seychelles between 24th December 2021 and 9th January 2022.

Featured image by Emirates

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