SkyTeam has opened a new exclusive lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
The new lounge is located past security and immigration in Terminal 1 near Gate 15. Its operating hours are daily from 0530 until 0100.
The 1,038sqm (11,172 sq ft) lounge has the following amenities for both short and long haul travellers:
- Six “productivity” booths within the main seating area with universal power ports
- Four shower suites
- Three iMac terminals located in the workstation area
- Noodle Bar
- Botanical wall with 50+ plant species
- VIP room
- Yoga Room
- Complimentary refreshments including wines, spirits and champagne
- Complimentary food that will change throughout the day
- Complimentary WiFi throughout the lounge
SkyTeam first and business class passengers travelling with any Skyteam member carrier and SkyTeam Elite Plus members will be eligible for access.
Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam’s Managing Director, said: “Our goal is to invest in such shared facilities at airports around the world in order to deliver a consistent high level of service to our members’ customers as well as creating synergies to our members at airports served by multiple SkyTeam airlines.”
“This exclusive lounge will provide for passengers a relaxing environment in which to unwind before catching their next flight.”
SkyTeam has three other exclusive lounges located in the following airports(virtual tours of lounges embedded in airport name) :
|Location||Airport Code||Open Date||Size||Capacity|
|1||London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4, opposite Gate 10||LHR||Jun 2009||1,600 sqm (17,222 sq ft)||300|
|2||Istanbul Ataturk Airport International Terminal near Gate 224||IST||Jul 2013||350 sqm (3,767 sq ft)||90|
|3||Kingsford Smith Airport Terminal 1 departure level at Pier B||SYD||Jan 2015||784 sqm (8,439 sq ft)||150|
The Hong Kong lounge will be the slotted in second place for both size and capacity. The larger size is to manage the twelve SkyTeam members currently operating flights to Hong Kong:
- Air France
- China Airlines
- China Eastern Airlines
- China Southern Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Garuda Indonesia
- Kenya Airways
- KLM, Korean Air
- Vietnam Airlines and
- Xiamen Airlines
Prior to its opening, all these member airlines were using other non-alliance lounge facilities including the Plaza Premium lounges, Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong and CNAC VIP Lounge. While some airlines like Delta Air Lines might continue to provide travellers access to some of these facilities (Delta Air Lines owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic), others move its passengers to the new lounge to lower operating costs at the airport.
Another factor for consideration would be gate assignments. Hong Kong International Airport has a large footprint. Airlines with gates closer to immigration and security might want to use the new lounge. Those with gates between 35 to 80 might want to consider other options as additional time is required for passengers to go from lounge to boarding area.
SkyTeam is not the only alliance operating exclusive lounges. Star Alliance also have its own dedicated sanctuaries located in four continents around the world including:
- Buenos Aires (EZE) Lounge
- Los Angeles (LAX) Lounge
- Nagoya (NGO) Lounge
- Paris (CDG) Lounge
- Sao Paulo (GRU) Lounge
The next SkyTeam exclusive lounge will be opened in late 2015 at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)(News – July 27, 2015). It will be 372 sqm (4,000 sq ft) in size and located in Terminal 1. Expect to see SkyTeam to continue working with its members to create exclusive lounges especially in airports where there is a higher volume of passengers and airlines are operating under one roof.