New Regional Air New Zealand Lounge Opens in Auckland

Air New Zealand’s new domestic regional lounge at Auckland Airport opened yesterday, Saturday, 16 September 2019. The new lounge has three times the seating capacity of the previous lounge and is located on level 1 in the domestic terminal – just above where the old lounge was.

The 265 seat lounge follows the contemporary airport lounge formula of breaking the space into zones. There are quiet zones, business zones, food zones, bar and coffee zones, as well as numerous spots to lounge in true airport lounge lizard style. There are also good tarmac views – which the plane pervs will enjoy.

The lounge also has very handy access to a new covered drop off/valet zone. You can flick your keys over to the valet and be knocking back a glass of wine in the lounge within a minute or two.

Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer, Mike Tod, said in a media statement:

“Our Regional Lounge at Auckland Airport has always been extremely popular with both business and leisure travellers so it’s great to be able to welcome customers to this brand-new space and have it up and running ahead of the busy summer travel period.”

Air New Zealand’s lounges can get pretty busy. Access is available to Koru Club passengers, Airpoints Gold and above passengers, Star Alliance Gold and above passengers, and passengers going to or coming from an international business premier flight.

Membership of the airline’s Koru Club is growing and there are more high tier frequent flyers than ever before. To deal with this Air New Zealand is spending NZD$60 million on sorting out their lounges across New Zealand over the next two years.

New lounges (or refurbishments of existing lounges) in Air New Zealand’s sights include the main domestic lounge at Auckland which is expected to be completed mid-2020. Both the main domestic and regional lounges at Wellington are being overhauled. Finally, Nelson and New Plymouth will both see new regional lounges within the next six months.

It’s good to see Air New Zealand giving two of the smaller airports some love as. Nelson and New Plymouth are losing their Jetstar services. Air New Zealand is laying on new lounges and extra services over the summer to these two airports. Nice one!

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