The opening of the new SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal has been delayed until "the first half of next year", a spokeswoman for the SkyTeam airline alliance has told Australian Business Traveller.
But SkyTeam promises that passengers on the alliance's Sydney airlines – including China Southern, China Eastern, Taiwan’s China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines, along with new chum Garuda Indonesia from March 2014 – will be rewarded for their patience.
The lounge will take over a "previously-occupied space" on the downstairs level 1 of Sydney Airport's T1 terminal,.
This will be the world’s third SkyTeam-branded lounge, following the flagship lounge at London's Heathrow Terminal 4 and a second lounge at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport.
"The Sydney Lounge will have exact the same look and feel as our London and Istanbul lounges” says Bert Goren, who is responsible for the design of the SkyTeam lounges.
Those two lounges have an unabashedly uber-modern design where lighting, curved walls and flowing open spaces underscore a decidedly European look and feel.
“The SkyTeam lounges are my major projects and I treat them as if they were my own living room” Goren told Australian Business Traveller.
“I set high standards and strive for a well-balanced combination of design, comfort and functionality.”
Sydney’s SkyTeam lounge will feature a wine bar and buffet with a variety of cuisines, a reading and relaxation zone and a dedicated business area, although free wi-fi and copious amounts of AC power sockets will be scattered throughout the lounge.
All first class and business class passengers on SkyTeam airlines will have access to the lounge, along with travellers holding top-tier SkyTeam Elite Plus status in their respective airline’s frequent flyer scheme.
A fourth member of the SkyTeam lounge network will also open in Beijing next year.
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