Emirates to open Manchester lounge

16 Apr 2009 by Mark Caswell

Emirates will move into Terminal 1 at Manchester airport this June, and will become the first non-UK airline to open a dedicated lounge at the facility later this year.

The 800-sqm lounge will be constructed in the airport’s Terminal 1, and is slated to open in “late summer”. The new lounge co-incides with Emirates’ shift from the airport’s Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 on June 1, which will also give the carrier the capability to serve the city with its A380 superjumbo in the future.

The lounge will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, seating for 180 passengers, shower facilities, a business centre, complimentary wifi internet access, hot and cold food and a full bar service.

Emirates currently serves Manchester twice-daily from Dubai, and the new lounge signifies the importance of the city within the airline’s network. Indeed Emirates is stepping up its operations at other UK regional airports, having recently upped capacity at Birmingham airport (see online new April 7).

For more information on developments at UK’s regional airports, read Business Traveller’s report in the March 2009 issue.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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