Emirates has opened its first airport lounge
in Africa at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
brings the total number of lounges the airline has established
across its network to 23.
The Dubai-based airline will also open
three more Emirates Lounges over the next 12 months, to
be located at Manchester, Birmingham and Hamburg airports.
To date, Emirates has
invested over Dhs 230 million (US$63m) in expanding its lounge
network worldwide. Including its newest in Johannesburg, the
airline has opened four Emirates Lounges in quick succession since
April this year, the other three in Dusseldorf, Mumbai and
The airline began developing dedicated lounges
outside of its Dubai hub in 2004. Today, the airline’s 23 lounges
can serve over 5,600 Emirates passengers at any one time, giving
its premium customers the ability to wait for their flights in a
Mohammed Mattar, Emirates’ Divisional
Senior Vice President for Airport Services, said,
“In our last financial year, over two million passengers enjoyed
the facilities at Emirates Lounges around the world. Feedback has
been overwhelmingly positive and tells us that our customers
appreciate having an exclusive sanctuary to rest and refresh
before their flights.”
Each lounge is fully equipped with signature touches such as cream
leather couches, designer showers, full bar service and a variety
of hot and cold food. In addition, business centres and
complimentary wireless internet allow Emirates passengers to stay
up to date, right up until take-off.
Emirates Lounges cater to First and Business Class
passengers, as well as Gold members of Emirates’ frequent flyer
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