By Shane McGinley
New passenger facilities cost $12 per hour and convert into private flat beds
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has installed the world’s first ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods which allow passengers to grab a few hours sleep between flights for AED45 ($12.25) per hour, it has been announced.
Ten ‘GoSleep’ pods have been installed in Terminal 3 and in the Al Dhabi Lounge in Terminal 1, with a further 35 on order for installation later this year.
The chairs can convert in private flat beds and cover offers privacy to sleep. Costing AED45 an hour, the pods will eventually also include Internet access, storage for luggage and other valuables and facilities to charge laptops, mobile telephones, and other electronic devices.
Commenting on this initiative, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Chief Commercial Officer of ADAC, said: “The introduction of ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods is another step towards exceeding customers’ expectations and delivering world-class levels of service."For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Exceeding customers' expectations!! Never. Customers had wanted such services decades back, FREE. Now at $13 per hour, I do not think any customer would want it.
I wish they had this facility at every airport, it beats paying for a hotel room. In the past I have had 5 to 7 hours waiting time at various airports, it would have been nice to have had a sleeping pad to rest for the duration of the wait.
This is such a great idea, the amount of people that are exhaused in airports means there must be a market for these. A british company called Podtime started the trend a couple of years ago, let's hope it continues!
I think it is a good iniative, however slightly overpriced. A price around AED 25-30 might have been better. Never the less keep up the good work.
$13 per hour would have been economical to travelers if it came with access to a washroom and shower facilities and maybe kick in free coffee
FYI- Anyone with a 8+ hour layover, and if with a frequent flier program can request lounge access ahead of time. Most airlines will make arrangements to keep loyal customers happy in situations like these.
Being an airport, you would get much less for $13. Such services don't come cheap unfortunately..