Dubai’s Emirates introduces paid access to its lounges

Passengers can pay to access the carrier’s first and business class lounges in Dubai



Dubai carrier Emirates has introduced paid access to its lounges at Dubai International Airport.

Under the new system, members of the carrier’s Skywards rewards programme can pay for access to both its business class and first class lounges from the lowest blue tier.

In addition, members can pay for their companions to access the lounges if they are flying on an Emirates or Qantas flight.

The new fees are $100 (Dhs367.30) for four hours of access to Emirates’ business class lounge and $200 (Dhs734.60) for four hours of access to its first class lounge.

Children will be charged half price for both lounges.

Skywards silver and gold members who already have complimentary business class lounge access can also pay $100 to access the first class lounge.

Emirates said payment can be made using credit cards and debit cards only, with both cash and Skywards miles redemption not accepted.

Passengers who pay for access but exceed the four-hour limit will be required to pay for an additional four hours even if the extended stay is due to flight delay or disruption.

The new system comes as Emirates continues to seek new revenues due to tough economic conditions.

The carrier reported a 75 per cent decline in first half profit in November due to the strong dollar and tougher competition.

Read: Dubai airline Emirates H1 net profit slumps 75%

It has also suspended service on some African routes and introduced fees for advanced seat selection on certain economy class fares.

Read: Dubai’s Emirates to begin charging for seat selection

Emirates president Tim Clark has also said the airline is aiming to introduce a new premium economy class to its flights within the next 18 months.

Read: Dubai’s Emirates plans premium economy within 18 months