Etihad Airways opens new lounge in Sydney

21 May 2014 by Clement Huang

Etihad Airways has opened its new first and business class lounge at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport – the airline’s first in Australia.

Seating area

The new lounge is located in the international terminal’s Pier C, adjacent to Gate 51, and features a design heavily inspired by Etihad Airways' flagship lounges in Abu Dhabi.

Dining area

According to the airline, the Sydney lounge is set over two levels and an area of 798sqm. Facilities include a business centre equipped with Apple computers, wifi connectivity, USB charging outlets, shower suites, a children’s play room prayer rooms and a relaxation zone.

Children's play room

In addition, food and beverage service includes a choice of either restaurant-style a la carte dining or buffet. Local Australian wines are also available, and these complement an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including beers, champagne, aperitifs, spirits and liqueurs.


Etihad Airways currently serves the Australian city with daily flights, but most are operated by Virgin Australia, of which the Gulf carrier is a shareholder. The two airlines maintain a codeshare partnership.

Buffet area

The Sydney lounge is open to all Etihad Airways Diamond first class and Pearl business class customers, as well as qualifying members of the Etihad Guest loyalty programme.


Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer Gold and Platinum members and Virgin Australia business class guests flying to Abu Dhabi are also eligible to access the lounge pre-flight. Qualifying guests of other codeshare and partner airlines may also use the lounge when flying on Etihad Airways- or Virgin Australia-operated Sydney-Abu Dhabi services.

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Clement Huang

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