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Spotlight on: 11 relaxing airport lounges

24 April 2018

Airport lounges can offer a welcome respite from a hectic travel schedule. We pick 11 of the most relaxing.

1. Emirates, Dubai International AirportEmirates, Dubai International Airport | Capita Travel and Events

Exclusive to Emirates, the Moët and Chandon champagne lounge for Business Class passengers serves up four varieties of the brand’s fizz alongside canapés created by Michelin-star chefs. Think Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial complemented by blackberry and pomegranate macaroons. For those after something a little healthier, the Health Hub offers wholesome food, superfood smoothies and fresh fruit.

2. Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Ataturk AirportTurkish Airlines, Istanbul Ataturk Airport | Capita Travel and Events

There’s no shortage of entertainment options at Lounge Istanbul: video games, snooker tables, a golf simulator and cinema will keep you more than occupied until your flight. For those wanting to unwind, catch a nap in one of the lounge’s suites or take advantage of the dedicated massage room. To ensure a completely stress-free journey, there’s also a handy fast-track service to speed up passport control.

3. Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong International AirportCathay Pacific, Hong Kong International Airport | Capita Travel and Events

Business Class passengers might feel a little confused when trying to find the Cathay Pacific lounge at Hong Kong International Airport – there’s not just one lounge but five of them. Highlights include The Wing, which has a noodle bar serving up regional dishes such as dumplings and char siu buns. The Pier, meanwhile, has a traditional teahouse where you can sample seasonal and artisanal infusions.

4. Qatar Airways, Hamad International AirportQatar Airways, Hamad International Airport a Capita Travel and Events

Step into the Al Mourjan Business Lounge and you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in a five-star resort. Around 10 times the size of an Olympic swimming pool, the lounge has a number of spaces to enjoy, from the continental brasserie and games room to the private workstations equipped with WiFi and the ‘garden resort’ bar.

5. Singapore Airlines, Changi AirportSingapore Airlines, Changi Airport | Capita Travel and Events

Described as a home away from home, Singapore Airline’s SliverKris Lounge is modelled after the spaces in a house: there are productivity pods providing customers with peace and quiet to work, as well as a number of food options in the ‘kitchen’, including renowned dishes from Singapore.

6. Aspire and No1 Lounges, Birmingham AirportAspire and No1 Lounges, Birmingham Airport | Capita Travel and Events

There are two lounges at Birmingham Airport to choose from. No1 Lounge offers runway views, complimentary newspapers and magazines, unlimited WiFi and a bistro serving a range of hot and cold dishes. If you need to catch up on some work, Aspire Lounge has quiet zones and charging facilities for phones and laptops.

7. Qantas Airways, Sydney International AirportQantas Airways, Sydney International Airport | Capita Travel and Events


The International Business Lounge in Sydney is due to undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation this year, giving passengers 30% more seating, a new dining experience from Australian chef and restaurateur Neil Perry, and improved business facilities. Construction will be carried out in stages to allow ongoing access for passengers and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

8. Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi International AirportEtihad Airways, Abu Dhabi International Airport | Capita Travel and Events

With five-star dining, shower facilities, a den with individual TV pods, a concierge service, an international buffet and coffee stations, Etihad’s lounge has everything you would expect and more. You can also choose a treatment at the Six Senses Spa for a small fee. If you must work, the Business Centre benefits from several Macs, free WiFi and printing facilities.

9. Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow AirportVirgin Atlantic, Heathrow Airport | Capita Travel Events

The opportunities to have fun and relax at Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse are endless: enjoy an award-winning cocktail created by London’s famous Dandelyan bar, play a retro video game at the Den, or have a pre-flight snooze on the Viewing Deck overlooking the runway. There’s also a spa where you can indulge in some complimentary treatments, from Dr. Hauschka facials to beard trims. Flying out of Gatwick instead? A new Clubhouse recently opened there too.

10. British Airways, Edinburgh AirportBritish Airways, Edinburgh Airport | Capita Travel and Events

There are more than 30 dedicated British Airways departure lounges around the world, one of which you will find in Scotland’s capital. The Galleries lounge at Edinburgh Airport is a calm and roomy space with lots of seating. You can enjoy a glass of champagne or a light meal before boarding your flight. There is also an exclusive work and entertainment zone with WiFi and printers.

11. Swiss Airlines, Zurich AirportSwiss Airlines, Zurich Airport | Capita Travel and Events

You will find the Business Lounge in Terminal E at Zurich Airport, with sweeping views across to the Swiss Alps. The lounge is zoned into different areas to match your mood: there are bright, open areas; quiet zones with recliners; and separate working areas with free high-speed internet. If you are feeling peckish, help yourself to snacks from the cold buffet or watch chefs cook up a storm for you.

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