Inside Air New Zealand's exclusive new Auckland regional lounge

  • 14/11/2019
It's part of a multi-million dollar investment into the airline's exclusive lounges.
It's part of a multi-million dollar investment into the airline's exclusive lounges. Photo credit: Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's new exclusive regional lounge at Auckland Airport is set to open to the public on Saturday.

The new lounge, which has been under construction since October last year, will cater for up to three times as many passengers than the lounge it's replacing.

It'll be available to travellers who pay for access or get it free through the Air NZ loyalty programme and is located one level above the airline's old lounge, providing views of the tarmac and the runway.

Air New Zealand regional lounge
A room with a view. Photo credit: Air New Zealand

As well as a new valet area, there is also a new covered drop-off zone, which should mean passengers can go from being inside a car to inside the lounge within seconds.

Air NZ Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod said it raises the standard set for regional lounges.

"There are a number of different zones in the new lounge to meet the needs of our customers, including a bar and barista, buffet and light refreshments, a self-service drinks station, as well as business, lounge and quiet areas. I know our customers will enjoy a fantastic experience in this much larger new space before they fly," he said.

The lounge can handle 265 customers at any one time and is part of a $60 million investment from Air NZ into its lounges across Aotearoa. Refurbishment of the airline's domestic lounges in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and New Plymouth will take place over the next two years.

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