By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline announces revamp plan across the world; Paris lounge is first to get makeover
Emirates Airline has revealed plans to refurbish all 35 of its airport lounges around the world over the next 18 to 24 months.
The Dubai-based carrier made the announcement as it inaugurated its refurbished Paris Charles de Gaulle Lounge.
It is the first of the airline’s worldwide network of lounges to be refurbished in the new interior design, originally unveiled within Emirates’ Concourse A Lounges in Dubai earlier this year.
Redesigned for a total investment of €3.8m ($4.9m), the lounge has also been relocated to a more central location, Emirates said in a statement.
The overall size of the lounge has also been boosted by 67 percent with a capacity to welcome up to 156 passengers.
The lounge can be used by First Class and Business Class passengers as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards - the airline’s frequent flyer programme
Mohammed Mattar, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president Airport Services, said: “The refurbishment of this lounge is a further marker of our commitment to offering our premium class customers the best possible passenger journey with Emirates.
“Selecting our lounge in Paris as the first destination to receive the new look refurbishment was an easy choice. Our capacity to Paris has increased significantly this year, with the instalment of a second daily A380 and our commitment to the city has also grown, with our recent sponsorship of the French Open Tennis and renewal of our sponsorship with Paris Saint Germain for a further five years,” he added.
The new Paris Charles de Gaulle Lounge provides travellers with services including a choice of formal or relaxed seating, shower facilities, a dining area, a complimentary hot and cold gourmet buffet and a beverage service, including French wine selection.
Emirates currently operates 32 weekly flights to France, including 20 weekly flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle, a daily flight to Nice and five times weekly service to Lyon.
Emirates operates 35 dedicated lounges around its six-continent network including lounges in Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Birmingham, Brisbane, six lounges in Dubai, Colombo, Delhi, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York - JFK, Paris - Charles de Gaulle, Perth, San Francisco, Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai and Zurich.
Last I've seen, EK has their own lounge at Kuwait International Airport, just before reaching gate 1.
Seems like either the article itself, or EK press releases, need updating to provide accurate information.