By Andy Sambidge
New lounge is for exclusive use by airline's First and Business Class passengers, says senior exec
Etihad Airways said on Sunday it has enhanced its premium service offerings at Abu Dhabi International Airport with the opening of its first arrivals lounge.
The facility is the first arrivals lounge to be operated by Etihad in the world, offering an environment for the exclusive use of the airline’s First and Business Class guests, the carrier said in a statement.
Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer of Etihad Airways, said: "Our latest airport lounge is a milestone for Etihad Airways and has been launched following extensive market research into the requirements of our First and Business Class guests.
"This facility, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, has been specifically designed to meet their needs."
Etihad Airways currently operates a global network of 11 airport lounges, including the new Arrivals Lounge, and its existing First and Business Class facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The airline’s international lounges are located in Dublin, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Manchester, Paris, Sydney and Washington DC, with future locations set to include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Melbourne and Milan.
More than 280,000 guests visited Etihad Airways’ lounges between January and July, an increase of over 20 percent year-on-year.