The airline’s premium facilities in Bangkok, Paris, and London Gatwick are among those scheduled to resume operations in the coming weeks.
With regular services restored to over 90 percent of destinations in its pre-pandemic network, Emirates has speeded up the process of reopening its dedicated airport lounges. Customers traveling in first- and business-class aboard Emirates flights can look forward to the Gulf carrier’s lounge service at more than 20 airports across Europe, Africa, the United States, and Asia.
In the Asia-Pacific region, premium-class customers and eligible Skywards members will soon be able to relax and dine in Emirates’ lounges in Colombo and Bangkok before their flights. Over in the U.S., travelers can access the premium lounge experience at LAX, Boston Logan International Airport, and New York JFK. Emirates’ San Francisco lounge is primed to restart services in February.
Emirates lounges at various airports in the United Kingdom, including London Heathrow, Birmingham, and Manchester, will reopen by the end of this year; those at London Gatwick and Glasgow will follow suit in January 2022. In continental Europe, four Emirates lounges in Germany (Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich) and two in Italy (Milan and Rome), are already welcoming premium passengers, while the lounge in Paris is scheduled to reopen later this month.
An additional Emirates lounge in Cairo recently restarted services, and five of Emirates’ dedicated lounges at Terminal 3 at Dubai International airport are now fully operational. Stringent health and safety measures have been implemented at all of Emirates’ reopened lounges; depending on local regulations in each market, either buffet service or a la carte dining will be offered and only contactless menus are available via one’s smartphone. Special seating arrangements have also been made to follow social distancing guidelines.
In addition to Emirates’ lounge experience in Dubai and select airports, first- and business-class customers — as well as Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members — now have access to 96 partner lounges across the airline’s network. Another 15 partner lounges will be added in due course. This means that travelers will get to enjoy the pre-flight experience at more than 120 lounges around the world by February 2022.