Turkish Airlines to Open Five Lounges at the New Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airlines premium flyers will recognize some amenities from the grand lounge at the former airport and also welcome some new, cutting-edge perks
May 15, 2019
With the completion of the “Great Move” to its brand new home base, Istanbul Airport, considered one of the most significant cornerstones of the Turkish aviation history, Turkish Airlines will open five passenger lounges available for Business Class, Miles & Smiles Elite Plus & Elite, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club passengers at the new airport.
Currently, three lounges serve the airline’s top customers – the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Miles & Smiles Lounge and Domestic Lounge. The Exclusive Lounge and Arrival Lounge are scheduled to open in summer 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, along with meeting rooms and a library. Turkish Airlines also designed a 130-square-foot museum in the space as part of a collaboration with the arts and cultural institution, Istanbul Modern.
The Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Lounge is also over 60,000 square feet, seats 765 guests, and offers 11 private suites with showers. This lounge also provides a space where guests can rest on comfortable couches, enjoy regional treats from Turkey along with international cuisine, or enjoy mobile masseur services. There are also meeting rooms and a library. Flyers will be able to indulge in console gaming experiences, golf game simulations and soon, a technology center with 3D glasses and virtual reality experiences will be available.
The Turkish Airlines Domestic Lounge is accessible through a special entrance 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 television 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 is 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.