Airport lounges

Airport lounges helping to make time fly

We spend hours hanging around airports before flights and lounges go a long way towards helping us make the most of this time. Here’s an update on some of the recent airport lounge initiatives that are bound to increase your pre-boarding pleasure.

American Express new Sydney Airport lounge

Located near Gates 50-63 at Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal is where you will find the new and improved American Express Lounge. Opened on 23 October, the new lounge is three times larger than their previous position. It gives more space for Amex cardholders to relax and enjoy their premium travel benefits. There are informal zoned areas and work spaces with free high-speed Wi-Fi and all the device charging necessities. Complimentary food and beverages are available, including live cooking stations and full bar service. You can also freshen up in the shower suites stocked with L’Occitane en Provence products.

“Airport lounge access continues to be one of the most valued benefits for our card members and we know from the success of our lounges around the world that travellers appreciate the stress-free environment, complimentary dining, and luxury amenities that our American Express Lounges offer,” said Naysla Edwards, Vice President of Brand, Charge Cards and Experiences at American Express A/NZ.

To check if you are eligible to enter the lounge, you can visit the American Express website.

Qatar extends first class lounge access

To enjoy the luxury of Qatar Airway’s Al Safwa lounge at Doha you needed to be flying first class – until now! The exclusive lounge is now also open to Privilege Club Platinum members who are travelling business class. There was previously an option for these passengers to pay a fee of QAR600 (AU$240) to gain access, but that has been waived. With its Islamic art-inspired interior, marble detail, magnificent water feature and refined setting, the first class lounge is a special place to relax. Guests can enjoy the à la carte restaurant, nap rooms, day spa and jacuzzi.

Emirates pops the cork on its lounge upgrade

Emirates first class passengers are now in for a vintage treat. Following the $11 million Dubai business class lounge renovation and introduction of the exclusive Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar in 2016, Emirates has revealed that the much-anticipated expansion of their Concourse B first class lounge will include a champagne bar. But they are taking it to the next level of luxury. A full vintage selection, which may not be limited to Moët, and more personalised service are expected to be part of the signature experience available to the 1200 daily first class flyers.

Asia’s best airport lounges

In early 2020, Qatar Airways is expected to open a new lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport. It will be located on the upper lounge level of Terminal 1, at the start of the C Gates wing near the Emirates and Plaza Premium lounges.

Taking influence from Qatar’s London, Paris and Bangkok Premium lounges, the airline aims to provide a stylish, calm and secluded space. We look forward to seeing if it exceeds expectations and will it be ranked amongst Asia’s best airport lounges?

Executive Traveller has compiled their list of airport lounges that will make you happy to have a delayed flight in Asia. Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge gets a gong in Hong Kong, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa in Bangkok is up there and Singapore Airlines’ The Private Room delivers incredible exclusivity. To find out which other airport lounges make the cut, you can read more here.

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