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Emirates to open dedicated Gatwick lounge

4 Aug 2005 by business traveller

First and business class passengers flying out of London Gatwick North Terminal with Emirates will be able to use a dedicated lounge from early autumn.

The lounge will also be open to Gold and Silver members of the airline's Skywards frequent flyer programme.

Designed along the same lines as the Emirates lounge at Dubai International Airport, it will have seating for 255 travellers, comfortable leather armchairs, flat-screen TVs, and full shower facilities.

Emirates has taken over one floor of the British Airways Terraces for the new lounge, which at 1,590 square metres will be its largest lounge outside of Dubai.

Complimentary hot and cold gourmet dishes and a full bar, including champagne, will be served by Emirates staff and a business centre will have 14 computers and six laptop workstations, all with free broadband and wireless LAN access.

The opening is part of a $13million investment to install lounges at key airports across the airline's network.

Emirates operates three non-stop flights a day from London Gatwick to Dubai, connecting to onward destinations including Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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