Following its “Great Move” to its brand new base at Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines announced that it is ready to open five lounges at the new airport, available for Business Class, Miles & Smiles, Elite and Elite Plus, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club passengers.
Three of the lounges – the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Miles & Smiles and Domestic – have already opened, while the Exclusive and Arrival lounges are set to open in summer 2019.
The Turkish Airlines Business Lounge covers an area of 60,000 square meters. It can accommodate up to 765 travelers, and features 13 private suites with showers and a 130sq.m. museum which operates in collaboration with the Istanbul Modern art and culture foundation.
In addition, the Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Lounge covers 60,000 square meters and offers 11 eleven private suites with showers.
The two lounges also include conference rooms, a library and a prayer hall.
Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines’ Domestic Lounge is accessible through a special gate located outside the terminal in order for passengers to be able to complete check-in procedures and transfer directly to the aircraft via buses.
Furthermore, the design of the Business Class and Miles & Smiles lounges reflect an Aegean theme. According to the announcement, the distinctive Turkish Airlines Ribbon Wall is inspired by a flowing motif and consists of solid wood frames that resemble a wave movement through the lounges.
The new Istanbul Airport is considered to have great potential for Turkish Airlines and the global aviation industry and is expected to welcome 200 million passengers per year upon final completion.