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Turkish Airlines Plans to Open Five Lounges at Istanbul’s New Airport
Following the completion of the “Great Move” to its brand new home base, Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines has announced that it will open five passenger lounges at Istanbul’s new airport available for Business Class, Miles & Smiles Elite & Elite Plus, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club passengers. Three of the lounges are already open for passengers, with the remaining two scheduled to open in Summer 2019.
The Turkish Airlines Business Lounge is roughly 60,000 square feet with accommodations for 765 passengers, featuring meeting rooms, a library, a prayer room and 13 private suites with showers. The lounge features a 130 square foot museum in collaboration with the arts and cultural institution Istanbul Modern. This is one of the three lounges presently open.
The Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Lounge is also over 60,000 square feet and seats 765 guests, but only has eleven private suites with showers. This lounge also provides a space where guests can rest on comfortable couches, enjoy Turkish and international cuisines or enjoy mobile masseur services.
In addition to this, the Miles & Smiles Lounge also features a console gaming experience, golf simulators and a large children’s play area. A technology center with 3D glasses and virtual reality is still being planned. The Miles & Smiles Lounge is also available for guests to enjoy at this time.
The final of the three open lounges is the Turkish Airlines Domestic Lounge, positioned outside the terminal and accessed through a special entrance gate so passengers can complete check-in procedures and transfer directly to the aircraft via buses. Lounge amenities include comfortable seating, Turkish cuisine, a large children’s play area, media wall with multiple television screens and a prayer room. This is similar to a VIP terminal planned at Manchester Airport in the U.K.
The remaining two lounges that Turkish Airlines has yet to open are the Exclusive Lounge and Arrival Lounge. The overall design concept of the Business Class and Miles & Smiles lounges reflect an Aegean theme, including designs depicting breezes. The Ribbon Wall — the most special figure in Turkish Airlines’ lounges — is inspired by a flowing motif and consists of solid wood panels that ripple through all lounges.
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