Skyteam has reopened its lounge on Concourse D at Dubai International airport’s Terminal 1.

The 960 sqm facility had been closed for 18 months following the onset of Covid-19, but has now reopened its doors with a number of enhanced health and safety measures in place.

Guests self-scan their boarding passes to gain entry to the lounge, and are required to wear face coverings. There is also “frequent access to hand sanitiser stations”, and furniture has been rearranged and partitions put in place to offers guests more individual space.

The Dubai facility is the alliance’s third airport lounge to reopen, joining Vancouver and Istanbul.

Skyteam also confirmed that its new lounge at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago de Chile will open later this year.

Business Traveller first reported on plans for the alliance’s first Latin American lounge in 2018, and it had originally been scheduled to open at the end of that year.

New Skyteam lounges in Santiago and Istanbul

Commenting on the news Christian Oberlé, Skyteam’s chief customer experience officer, said:

“With travel demand increasing, we are excited to reopen our Dubai lounge and offer a quality airport experience to premium customers as they return to the skies.

“Skyteam’s lounge might have been closed, but we didn’t take our focus off caring for our customers, working with Dnata to offer enhanced services and a seamless and enjoyable experience when they arrive in our lounge.”