Etihad Announces Premium Lounge

ON APRIL 30, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced it will open a premium lounge in Manchester, the third Etihad lounge to open outside of the airline’s home base in Abu Dhabi.
The new lounge, which will open later this year in Manchester Airport’s Terminal 1, is part of a gradual roll out of lounges across the airline’s network, and will reflect Etihad’s award-winning style, service concept and high quality look and feel already seen in its lounges in Abu Dhabi, London and Frankfurt.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Manchester has always been an important part of Etihad’s growth plans, and the ties between Manchester and Abu Dhabi have never been stronger.  We recently announced a capacity increase of close to 60% on the route from June, and we continue to look for partnership opportunities that deliver real benefits to both regions.
“The choice of Manchester as the next venue for a dedicated Etihad lounge is yet another example of our long-term commitment to this important route.”
The 3,423 sq ft (318m2) lounge will offer the airline’s premium customers a range of features, including five-star dining facilities with a selection of international cuisine; a modern business centre providing individual workstations and privacy for people with laptops; a prayer room and family room, where children can be kept entertained by nannies.
Etihad says a relaxation area including high-comfort leather chairs and reading material will also be provided along with luxurious bathrooms and shower facilities for customers to freshen up before their departure.  Its location will also provide expansive views over the airport’s taxiway and runway.
“We are pleased to offer our premium customers travelling from Manchester a convenient, luxurious and relaxing experience before their flight,” Mr Baumgartner said.
Andrew Cornish, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, said: “The Etihad service to Abu Dhabi is a crucial link between our two closely-linked regions and the addition of a premium lounge demonstrates real confidence in this vital relationship.  A premium lounge is a key enhancement for Etihad at Manchester Airport, particularly with the additional capacity provided by the Boeing 777-300 aircraft, which will operate the service from June.  Etihad’s loyal and growing customer base will be as delighted as we are at today’s news and we look forward to developing this successful service together.”