Skyteam has reopened its lounge at Sydney airport following a refurbishment, which took place during the suspension of international travel.
Located airside near Gate 24 at Pier B in the International Terminal, the redesigned lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows offering runway views, plenty of plants, blue hues and natural wooden tones.
The lounge also features an à la carte menu, a live-cooking station and a self-service all day buffet, along with a bartender serving a selection of Australian red, white and sparkling wines, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and barista coffees.
The redesign focused on sustainability, with measures including:
- Eliminating single-use items such as plastic straws and stirrers
- Water-saving cisterns and shower heads in showers and bathrooms
- Movement sensor smart technology to save energy and reduce emissions
- Participating in the airport’s waste recycling program
- Using locally and sustainably sourced produce to reduce food miles with procurement management procedures in place to minimise food waste
- Water dispensers and glassware located around the lounge to reduce plastic waste
- Chairs and ottomans reupholstered using Greenguard-certified upholstery to reduce landfill waste
Christian Oberlé, Skyteam’s CEO, said:
“How better to welcome international travelers back to our Sydney Lounge than with a brand-new, high-quality experience that not only cares for them today but helps look after tomorrow’s travelers. It’s exciting to unveil a fresh look for Skyteam Lounges that embodies our alliance’s commitment to greater sustainability on the ground and in the air.”
Poh Kiat Lee, Plaza Premium Group’s regional general manager Oceania, added:
“Not only do we provide lounge management to Skyteam’s Sydney Lounge, but we also worked together with the airline alliance to lend our expertise in the design and project management of the lounge.”
The lounge is open from two hours prior to the first flight until the final departure of the day for eligible customers flying on China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air.
Analysis from Business Traveller’s consumer editor, Alex McWhirter:
It must be noted that Skyteam is a minor player at Sydney airport compared with airlines belonging to Oneworld, Star Alliance and the Gulf carriers.
In the case of travel Sydney-Europe, the majority of travellers would be taking airlines from one of the above alliances.
Of course both Air France and KLM are major Skyteam members in Europe but neither serves Australia.
Mind you it would be different for Sydney-US travel.