2016 bought us the addition of many incredible airport business lounges across the globe. Some of these included the Emirates’ Dubai lounge, Qantas’ Brisbane International lounge and the Cathay Pacific’s business class lounge in Hong Kong. We’ve summarized some of the best new lounges of 2016 - be sure to check them out on your travels.
Emirates: Dubai (October)
After two years of renovations, Emirates completed its $11 million revamp of their Concourse B Business Class Lounge in Dubai, in October this year. The new lounge can accommodate up to 1,500 passengers, catering to everyone’s needs with a Coffee Bar, Health Hub and Champagne Lounge thanks to the airline’s partnership with Moët & Chandon.
Etihad: Los Angeles (July)
In July, Etihad Airways opened its Premium Lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. This lounge is split into a variety of zones, including a dining room serving an à la carte menu, a bar and two separate lounging areas.
Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong (June)
Cathay Pacific unveiled its revamped business lounge in Hong Kong earlier this year. The lounge is the largest of all Cathay’s lounges, seating up to 550 people. The lounge features a relaxed lounge bar, a comfortable work area and the world’s only airport lounge teahouse.
Etihad: Melbourne, Australia (May)
In May, Etihad’s opened its new Melbourne premium lounge featuring in-house mixologist, Etihad Chefs, shower facilities and more. The Melbourne lounge is now Etihad’s largest lounge outside of Abu Dhabi, with a capacity for up to 133 guests including an intimate 26-seat dining area offering restaurant-style à la carte dining and an international buffet.
Singapore Airlines: Brisbane (May)
May proved to be a busy month for airport lounges, with Singapore Airlines also unveiling their SilverKris lounge at Brisbane Airport. The lounge features traditional décor with a modern twist, and offers tarmac views with seating for up to 80 guests. There are business work pods for passengers, two private shower suites and a dining area with a buffet and an automated coffee machine.
Emirates: Melbourne (February)
Emirates Melbourne Tullamarine Airport lounge opened in February this year. Offering LED televisions, leather armchairs, a dining area, prayer room, shower facilities and a business center; the new lounge is one of the largest outstation lounges for the airline in the world, capable of catering up to 241 passengers. A new gourmet menu is on offer, featuring a selection of hot and cold dishes and an extensive beverage list.