Emirates Skywards loyalty programme members and their guests can now access the airline’s business class lounges at Dubai International Airport by paying an entrance fee, regardless of their class of travel.

Eligible guests travelling on an Emirates flight can now access the business class lounges for a US$100 fee, along with the first class lounges for a fee of US$200. Business class customers can also now upgrade their access to include the first class lounge by paying a US$100 fee. The new paid access entitles guests to stays of up to four hours.

The expanded offering follows the introduction of paid-for access earlier this month for entry-level (blue tier) Skywards members and paid-for upgrades to the first class facilities for Gold and Silver members. First and business class passengers, as well as Silver, Gold and Platinum Skywards members currently receive complimentary access to the Dubai lounges.

“We made the decision to expand access to our lounges in Dubai based on customer feedback, and after a careful review to ensure that the same quality experience can be maintained,” said Adel Al Redha, the airline’s executive vice president and COO. “We are pleased to see many of our customers appreciate the opportunity to be able to pay for their additional guests and access the lounge, which enables them to enjoy a relaxing space and indulge in delicious meals before their flight.”

Emirates currently operates seven lounges across Concourses A, B and C at Dubai International Airport, with each concourse having a dedicated first and business class lounge. The carrier recently completed an US$11 million renovation of its Concourse B lounge in October.

Meanwhile, the airline yesterday announced a promotion offering reduced business and economy class fares from Hong Kong to Dubai, which runs until February 16.