Emirates to reopen lounge services worldwide

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Flag-carrier of the UAE, Emirates is re-opening its lounges around the world starting with its lounge at Cairo International Airport in Egypt.

This will be followed by the reopening of lounge services in other destinations including New York’s JFK International and Manchester Airport.

Emirates has introduced additional health and safety measures that will be extended to all locations in relation to this reopening.

The buffet offering will be modified to a menu service with contactless dishes list activated by QR code. Lounge workers will sanitize each seat and table throughout the day after the clients leave. Besides, the lounge will be sanitized and disinfected regularly.

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The buffet offering will be changed to an a la carte service with QR code activated contactless menus.

All employees working in the lounge will wear masks and procedures for social distancing will be in place. Seating space will be halved to promote social distancing. Catering workers will be wearing masks, gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure food hygiene.

To reduce the risk of infection through contact  newspapers, magazines and other reading materials will not be available for the customers.

Emirates lounge in concourse B at Dubai International airport is also open with a redesigned service and dedicated First Class area.

Further, it has introduced a host of initiatives that include an integrated biometric route at Dubai International Airport to allow customers to go from check-in to boarding via facial recognition.

Onboard, the carrier has also resumed its A380 Onboard Lounge and Shower Spa facilities as well as its onboard dining experience by following strict hygiene protocols.

Emirates Lounge
All employees working in the lounge will be wearing masks and following social distancing protocols.

Earlier this week, the airline announced a multi-risk travel insurance policy for all its passengers, at no extra charge on all tickets purchased on or from December 1, 2020.

The carrier also relaunched its Dubai Connect initiative, offering transit passengers with a layover period of more than 10 hours a free hotel stay in the emirate.

Emirates customers can travel in peace using the airline’s flexible booking options and multi-risk travel insurance, like COVID-19 cover for any flight. The airways has also introduced a robust collection of steps to ensure the safety of its customers and employees.