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Emirates Opens Airport Lounge in Johannesburg

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Emirates has opened its first airport lounge in Africa at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The opening 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 Beijing.

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 comfortable environment.

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 programme, Skywards.

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