Emirates to open Birmingham lounge

9 Sep 2009 by Mark Caswell

Emirates is to
open a new lounge at Birmingham International airport (BIA) later this year, joining the carrier’s existing lounges at Gatwick and Heathrow, along with
the forthcoming Manchester facility.

The £1.3 million,
7,000 sqft lounge was announced to mark the opening of BIA’s new international
pier today, which in turn forms part of the airport’s 70th anniversary
celebrations. Emirates also took the opportunity to show off its A380 aircraft
to Birmingham-based passengers, with its flight EK39 (which was scheduled to
land at 1235) being plied with the superjumbo rather than the usual B777-300.

The new lounge will
be located close to the airline’s departure gate at Terminal 1, and will
include seating for 107 passengers, shower facilities, hot and cold food and
beverages, a business centre with workstations, and complimentary wifi internet

There is no
specific date for the unveiling of the lounge as yet, with Emirates saying it
will open “this winter”. Before this though the airline will unveil it latest
lounge at Manchester airport next month (see online news April 16 for more


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