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Turk­ish Air­lines has ex­panded and re­designed its departures lounge at Is­tan­bul’s Ataturk Air­port. The fa­cil­ity has added nearly 26,000 square feet, adding a sec­ond floor that con­nects to the orig­i­nal space via a spi­ral stair­case.

In the orig­i­nal lounge area, which in­cludes a chil­dren’s play­ground, li­brary, prayer room and tele­con­fer­ence sec­tion, there is now an en­larged rest and shower space and additional mas­sage beds. Fa­cil­i­ties also in­clude free WiFi, meals and snacks.

Ac­ces­si­ble to: Miles and Smiles Elite, Elite Plus, Star Al­liance Gold Card Mem­bers and Busi­ness Class pas­sen­gers. In ad­di­tion, last year Turk­ish Air­lines opened its new ar­rivals lounge at Ataturk.

The lounge mea­sures 2,700 square feet and of­fers show­ers and chang­ing rooms. Fa­cil­i­ties also in­clude food, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines, WiFi and staff to iron clothes. The ar­rival lounge is de­signed to wel­come pas­sen­gers on morn­ing ar­rivals who are too early to check into their ho­tels.

Only ar­riv­ing Busi­ness Class pas­sen­gers and Econ­omy or Com­fort Class pas­sen­gers with Elite Plus mem­ber­ship have ac­cess.

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