Emirates Airline has announced that it is re-opening its popular lounges, beginning with the Emirates lounge at Cairo International Airport.
In the weeks to follow, the carrier will also be re-opening its JFK International and Manchester Airport lounges.
Adapting to the current situation, the airline has redesigned its lounge offering and introduced additional health and safety measures. All buffets have been changed to an a la carte service with contactless menus activated via QR code. Adding to this, all lounge staff will sanitise each seat and table after customers leave and the lounge will be sanitised and fumigated on a regular basis.
All employees are to wear masks and social distancing protocols are in place throughout each lounge. Seating capacity will be halved as every other sofa seat is left unoccupied.
To ensure food safety, catering staff will be wearing masks, gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE). Newspaper, magazines and other reading materials will not be available.
Meanwhile, the Emirates lounge in concourse B at Dubai International Airport is also open and offering redesigned services, as well as a designated first class area. In recent months, Emirates Airline has been introducing services to ensure the safety of travellers entwined with a seamless airport experience. The integrated biometric path at Dubai International airport is the latest in a host of initiatives by Emirates Airline, allowing customers to check-in and board with facial recognition technology.
As well as airport lounges, the airline’s A380 Onboard Lounge and Shower Spa have resumed operations, while its onboard dining experience has returned to its signature service with stringent hygiene protocols.