Small, regional airports in Germany are actively looking at operating their own airport lounges which will then be available to contract partners as Lufthansa shut down most of their small facilities.
Some airports are now snapping up the real estate which Lufthansa abandoned and remodel them, turning them into a new revenue source available airline customers and Priority Pass passengers.
One of these airlines is Nürnberg Airport which took over the former Lufthansa Lounge and turned them into the Dürer Lounge which will open it’s doors from August 30, 2021.
Nürnberg Airport is a relatively busy airport for it’s size with a presence of many scheduled and charter carriers. It’s also a busy industrial region so it’s surprising that Lufthansa isn’t giving it more focus considering these company must be buying lots of expensive Business Class fares.
The airport has now announced the project on their Facebook page:
You can access their website, presenting the new lounge here.
Besides a pleasant ambient, the Dürer Lounge at Nuremberg Airport offers you drinks and snacks, plus computerworkstations, Internet access, printers and fax.
All passengers flying business or first-class booked with Air France, KLM (voucher available at the check-in) have free access to Dürer Lounge. The Airport’s exclusive lounge is located in the waiting area next to Duty Free Shop.
The lounge is also open to members of the Priority Pass lounge programme and cardholders of the Diners Club, Dragon Pass and LoungeKey agreements. Cardholders are requested to show their card at the entrance of the Dürer Lounge.
For those using Nuremberg airport frequently Priority Pass has become a lot more valuable in addition to the passengers of AirFrance/KLM who will benefit from a deal between the airport and the carrier.
In the social media comments the airport mentioned they will soon offer individual tickets for 24,99 EUR per visit but I’m not convinced that any lounge visit, let alone such a small one, is worth that kind of money.
I’m sure more German airports will decide to do their own thing with the space that Lufthansa leaves behind. Cologne is a likely contender as well.
Nuremberg is the first regional airport in Germany that took over the old Lufthansa Lounge space after losing them as a tenant and remodeled it in a neutral design in order to offer lounge visits for a fee to airline partners departing from NUE, various lounge memberships as well as customers willing to pay cash for a visit.
This should prove to be rather profitable for the airport depending on the total number of passengers eligible to go through this facility. Of course it’s always easier to just rent the real estate to some airline and not being involved in the operation but since Lufthansa left the airport had to do something with the space. It also contributes to the airport being more attractive to travelers if a lounge is available.