Star Alliance is set to open a new branded lounge at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in 2019.

The alliance has signed a memorandum of understanding with the airport, in which it has “agreed on space allocation to facilitate the establishment of a Star Alliance branded lounge at the airport”.

The move is part of plans to develop co-located check-in, gate facilities and connections services within Guangzhou’s Terminal 1, for use by the ten Star Alliance member carriers which use the airport (Air China, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Thai Airways).

Star Alliance recently opened its seventh branded lounge at Rome Fiumicino, joining existing locations at Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Nagoya, Paris CDG, Rio and Sau Paulo.

Commenting on the news Jeffrey Goh, CEO of Star Alliance, said:

“Lounge access is continually rated as a key Alliance benefit by our premium customers. Soon being able to provide our own dedicated premium customer facility in Guangzhou is great news for our member carriers’ passengers. Furthermore, it enhances our position at one of our key hub airports in China.

“In addition to rolling out our digital strategy, Star Alliance is also investing in its lounge product. Following the successful opening the Rome lounge in 2018, Amsterdam and Guangzhou will feature new Star Alliance Lounges in 2019, with refurbishments planned for our existing properties in Nagoya and Paris.”