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Etihad Airways to Open Lounge @ Manchester Airport

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Etihad Airways is to open a premium lounge in Manchester, the third Etihad lounge to open outside of the airlines home base in Abu Dhabi.

The new lounge, which will open later this year in Manchester Airports Terminal 1, is part of a gradual roll out of lounges across the airlines network, which already includes Abu Dhabi, London and Frankfurt.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said, Manchester has always been an important part of Etihads growth plans, and the ties between Manchester and Abu Dhabi have never been stronger. We recently announced a capacity increase of close to 60% on the route from June, and we continue to look for partnership opportunities that deliver real benefits to both regions.

The 318 square metre lounge will offer the airlines premium customers a range of features, including:

five-star dining facilities with a selection of international cuisine;
a modern business centre providing individual workstations and privacy for people with laptops;
a prayer room;
a family room, where children can be kept entertained by nannies;
a relaxation area, including high-comfort leather chairs and reading material;
luxurious bathrooms and shower facilities for customers to freshen up before their departure; and
expansive views over the airports taxiway and runway.

Andrew Cornish, Manchester Airports Managing Director, said, The Etihad service to Abu Dhabi is a crucial link between our two closely-linked regions and the addition of a premium lounge demonstrates real confidence in this vital relationship. A premium lounge is a key enhancement for Etihad at Manchester Airport, particularly with the additional capacity provided by the Boeing 777-300 aircraft which will operate the service from June. Etihad's loyal and growing customer base will be as delighted as we are at today's news and we look forward to developing this successful service together.

Etihad has been operating services to Manchester since 2006 and offers connections from Manchester to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow with its codeshare partner, bmi and from Manchester to Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton and Inverness with its codeshare partner, Flybe.

 In 2009, the airline signed a three-year deal to be the official shirt sponsor and partner of English Premier League side, Manchester City.

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