SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, is on the verge of launching a major new lounge at Beijing’s Capital International Airport.
The new 800m² facility will open in the coming weeks, and SkyTeam has offered a sneak preview of the lounge ahead of the launch. Available for the premium passengers and qualifying frequent flyers of the 12 SkyTeam airlines serving Beijing, the new SkyTeam lounge will be able to seat 160 people at a time.
Facilities will include hot and cold Chinese and international food, drinks including hot beverages and a wine bar, free Wi-Fi, a business area with computers, numerous power outlets, showers with towels and toiletries, a separate TV room and a VIP room.
“More than 14 million SkyTeam passengers fly through Beijing each year and, as the largest alliance in Greater China, opening our second lounge underscores our commitment to enhancing the travel experience for our top customers in the region,” said Perry Cantarutti, SkyTeam’s CEO & managing director.
“With the new lounge, SkyTeam will offer more branded lounges across its global network than any other airline alliance. Because these lounges are popular with our customers and add value for our members, we are developing plans to expand our global lounge portfolio even further.”
The Beijing facility will become the sixth SkyTeam-branded lounge worldwide, following existing locations in Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London Heathrow and Sydney airports. It was developed in collaboration with SkyTeam members China Eastern and China Southern Airlines.
In total, the alliance now offers more than 3,700 weekly flights to and from Beijing Capital International Airport, operated by 12 member airlines: Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.