FFF: Luxurious Layovers

Have you ever noticed that the quality and services that are offered in first class have gotten more and more extravagant over the years? New additions like fully reclining chairs, sleep pods and in-flight manicures may make you never want to land. It seems that for some reason the quality of the flight keeps improving but that extra time in the terminal still seems to drag on. The plastic chairs, lack of outlets and slow (if any) Wi-Fi make you wonder why you wouldn’t have rather just stayed on the plane.

Not for long. Airlines all over the world are increasingly improving their waiting areas for business class travelers. Improvements including full-fledged spas, private nap rooms, and meals catered by celebrity chefs are giving certain airlines the advantage when it comes to high-end travelers.

Airlines like Lufthansa and Qatar have built premium terminals in Doha that are completely secluded from the rest of the airport. They offer computer stations, duty-free shops for jewelry, liquor, and cosmetics as well as spa treatments. Lufthansa’s has a separate cigar lounge, private offices, showers, and meals catered by highly acclaimed chefs. These terminals are just a chauffeured limousine ride away from their plane when it’s time for takeoff.

These new and improved terminals are not just a foreign trend either—Delta has been creating more spacious check-in lounges for international business-class travelers in two U.S. airports this year. So keep an eye out for drastic changes like these in an airport near you!

Find more details about these new airport lounges in a recent Travel and Leisure article. Stay tuned for next week’s Flyer Fact Friday as well as our weekly update on what’s happening around the airport.

– The Terminal

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