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Turkish Airlines to Open Five Lounges at New Istanbul Airport


With the completion of its “Great Move” a brand new Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines will open five lounges for Business Class, Miles & Smiles Elite Plus & Elite, Star Alliance Gold as well as Corporate Club passengers.

Currently three lounges open: the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Miles & Smiles Lounge and Domestic Lounge. The Exclusive Lounge and Arrival Lounge are planned to open later in 2019.

The Turkish Airlines Business Lounge has an approximate area of over 60,000 square feet, seats 765 guests and features 13 private suites with showers. Turkish Airlines designed a 130 square foot museum in there in collaboration with the arts and cultural institution in Istanbul.

The Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Lounge on over 60,000 square feet space, seats 765 guestsand offers11 private suites with showers and space where guests can rest on comfortable couches, savor delicious and enjoy exclusive treats from Turkey along with international cuisine, or enjoy mobile masseur services.

A console gaming experience, golf simulators and large children’s play area provide entertainment, while a technology center with 3D glasses and virtual reality is planned. The two lounges also provide meeting rooms, a library and prayer room.

The Turkish Airlines Domestic Lounge is accessible through a gate located outside the terminal so passengers can complete check-in procedures and transfer directly to the aircraft via buses. Lounge amenities include comfortable couches, Turkish cuisine, a large children’s play area, media wall with multiple TV screens and a prayer room.

The overall design concept of the Business Class and Miles & Smiles Lounges reflect an Aegean theme, including designs depicting breezes from the Aegean region. The Ribbon wall, which is the most special figure in Turkish Airlines’ lounges and inspired by a flow motif, consists of solid wood panels that undulate through all lounges. Panels circulating in the halls have amorphous movements expressing the flow.

Turkish Airlines passengers gain access to the lounges by presenting their business class tickets or Miles & Smiles Elite Plus& Elite, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club membership cards.

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