By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline also say A380 service to Italian capital to go double daily for limited period from April 16-30
Emirates Airline said on Tuesday it has opened its 35th dedicated lounge at Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome.
The Emirates Lounge represents a 2.53 million euro investment on the part of the airline, with the aim to provide a luxurious travel experience to its premium customers, Emirates said in a statement. This follows the opening of the Emirates lounge in Milan Malpensa Airport in 2013.
The Dubai-based airline said that the opening comes as demand on its Italian routes continues to grow, adding that its A380 service to Rome will go double daily for a limited period from April 16-30.
“We work hard to consistently deliver the best travel experience to our customers, and the new lounge in Rome is a testament to our commitment. This is the largest dedicated lounge at the airport in Rome, and is in a new design that reflects the modern style of the Emirates lounges at Dubai’s Concourse A,” said Mohammed H Mattar, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president – Airport Services.
“Our history in Italy started in Rome when we first established our presence in 1992, and it is the only city in Italy where we fly our iconic A380 aircraft. We have seen passenger numbers grow steadily in the last five years. The need for an Emirates lounge has never been greater.”
Emirates customers to and from Rome grew by over 110 percent in 2013 from 2009 figures. The airline remains one of the most committed enterprises in Italy, with the UAE being Italy’s first trading partner in the Middle East.
According to the Italian Trade Agency, exports from Italy to the UAE in 2012 exceeded €5.5 billion. In addition to the two Emirates daily flights, the airline’s commitment to Rome also includes the BNL Internazionali d’Italia sponsorship.
"The new dedicated Emirates lounge at the Leonardo da Vinci airport confirms the important partnership between the Airline and Aeroporti di Roma and represents a further step towards excellence,” added Lorenzo Lo Presti, CEO of ADR – Aeroporti di Roma – SpA.
Located at Terminal 3 in the airside transit area, the new Emirates Lounge in Rome offers seating for 156 customers covering an indoor area of 920 sq m.
Emirates currently operates in Italy with 42 weekly flights, including two daily flights to Rome Fiumicino, three daily flights to Milan Malpensa and a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo.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.
Wow, Emirates has 35 lounges at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome!!