SkyTeam's new Sydney Airport lounge is now open for travellers on the alliance's partner airlines and paying guests.
The SkyTeam lounge is located at Gate 24, with seating capacity for 140 travellers, and like the adjacent American Express Lounge is managed by Plaza Premium.
As expected, the oft-delayed and long-awaited lounge includes design elements from SkyTeam’s London Heathrow and Istanbul lounges.The lounge itself is located on the lower level of the terminal, with an escalator and lift from the reception area.
Turn right and you'll find the buffet area...
... and at the far end, a wine bar.
Chairs by the window afford a view over the tarmac.
Something you can't miss is the abundance of AC power sockets.
We'd swear that no seat is more than an arm's length away from laptop power, although USB ports are far more scarce.
There's ample seating, especially in the 'left wing' of the lounge.
This includes a large oval table with AC and USB sockets lurking under the centre-mounted covers.
There are also three shower suites for a freshening up before your flight.
One unusual touch: while most airport lounges have TV screens scattered around and a quiet zone off to the corner, SkyTeam flips things by having a separate TV room so that passengers aren't disturbed by blaring TV sets.
The doors to SkyTeam's Sydney lounge will swoosh open for first class and business class passengers on China Southern, China Eastern, Taiwan’s China Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines, as well as travellers on those airlines who hold top-tier SkyTeam Elite Plus status in their respective airline’s frequent flyer scheme.
(SkyTeam Elite Plus members can also bring a guest into the lounge, even if they're not on the same flight.)
Paid access is priced at $77 for two hours and $132 for five hours.
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