ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines is planning to open five passenger lounges at the new Istanbul Airport. They will be targeted at guests flying business class, members of the Miles & Smiles Elite Plus and Elite programmes, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club passengers.
There are currently three lounges open – the Turkish Airlines business lounge, Miles & Smiles lounge and domestic lounge. The exclusive lounge and arrival lounge are planned to open in summer 2019.
The Turkish Airlines business lounge has an approximate area of over 60,000 square feet, seats 765 guests and features 13 private suites with showers.
Turkish Airlines also designed a 130 square meter museum in it, collaborating with the arts and cultural institution Istanbul Modern.
The Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles lounge is also over 60,000 square feet seating 765 guests, and offers 11 private suites with showers and space where guests can rest on comfortable couches, savour delicious and exclusive treats from Turkey along with international cuisine, or enjoy mobile masseur services.
A console gaming experience, golf simulators and large children’s play area provide entertainment, while a technology centre with 3D glasses and virtual reality is planned.
The two lounges also provide meeting rooms, a library and prayer room.
The domestic lounge is accessible through a special entrance gate located outside the terminal so passengers can complete check-in procedures and transfer directly to the aircraft via buses.
Lounge amenities include comfortable couches, Turkish cuisine, a large children’s play area, media wall with multiple TV screens and a prayer room.
The overall design concept of the lounges reflects an Aegean theme, including designs depicting breezes from the Aegean region.