Brand New SkyTeam Lounge At Istanbul Airport Now Open For Passenger Visits

Following the opening of the new Istanbul Airport Skyteam has constructed on their new Istanbul Lounge for quite some time and the facility is now ready to welcome passengers.

This facility will be available to all SkyTeam passengers traveling in Premium Class or holding respective elite status that permits lounge entry.

With the new airport all airlines or their respective alliances had to plan new lounge facilities at the same time and with Turkish Airlines famously being the front runner in IST SkyTeam had to plan something nice as well.

The lounge officially opened in the first week of December as per this press release.

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has officially opened the doors to its seventh branded lounge, adding to more than 790 members’ and affiliated lounges worldwide. Located in Istanbul’s new airport (IST), the facility is served by seven alliance members: Aeroflot, Air France, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia and TAROM.

An oasis of calm, the lounge is the perfect place to catch up with work, call home, or simply do nothing at all. It offers locally-sourced dishes and drinks, alongside complimentary Wi-Fi and other amenities designed to help customers relax before flights.

SkyTeam’s Istanbul lounge is available to Elite Plus, First and Business Class customers. Here’s just some of what can be experienced inside.

Interiors

The unique decor makes an instant impression; a statement reception area, LED lighting, custom-made furniture and living moss walls. The 582 m2 lounge, with more than 145 seats, never feels crowded – even at its busiest.

Food & Drink

Sample authentic Turkish cuisine such as freshly cooked pide (Turkish pizza) prepared on-demand at the live cooking station, mezze and traditional tea and coffee are served. The menu includes European dishes, as well as a selection of snacks. Spirits, soft drinks and wine sourced from local Turkish vineyards are also available.

Facilities

The lounge is open 24 hours a day, ready for passengers at any stage of their journey – from taking a refreshing shower to simply recharging.

Location

Located in the West Wing on Level H, the lounge has an elevated position; it is a refuge from the bustle of the airport.

Here are a few images provided by Skyteam (also available on their lounge directory):

At this moment the SkyTeam lounge isn’t used for non-alliance airlines through contract agreement or to Priority Pass customers. Time will tell if that changes, they probably need to figure out if the capacity of the lounge is enough to let other customers in and earn extra revenue from that.

Conclusion

It definitely looks like a nice facility with light colors and lots of daylight. I haven’t been to Istanbul’s new airport yet but heard positive things and new lounge space is always welcome. It doesn’t seem there are too many lounges ready at this point to begin with. Only the Turkish Airlines ones and one individual contract lounge as per the loungefinder app.

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