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In­ter­na­tional De­par­tures, Istanbul Ataturk Air­port

March 2013 Turk­ish Air­lines’busi­ness class pas­sen­gers, Miles & Smiles Elite, Elite Plus card hold­ers and Star Al­liance Gold membership card hold­ers.

Turk­ish Air­lines has ex­panded and re­designed the fa­cil­ity, adding nearly 26,000 square feet to make room for an­other 1,000 de­part­ing guests. The ex­panded lounge now has a sec­ond floor that con­nects to the orig­i­nal space which in­cludes a chil­dren’s play­ground, li­brary, bil­liards area, prayer room and tele­con­fer­ence area. In ad­di­tion there is now an en­larged rest and shower space and ad­di­tional mas­sage beds.

Un­like most lounges, the dining ex­pe­ri­ence here is sep­a­rated into dif­fer­ent seg­ments. First up is a Euro­pean-style café that serves fresh cakes and pastries. There is also an Ara­bian salad sta­tion, and a stand-alone bar.

The cen­ter of the lounge is dom­i­nated by a Feurich grand pi­ano that self-plays jazz. Now, that’s style!

Su­perb, ideal for work or rest. Def­i­nitely right up there as the most com­pre­hen­sive lounge I’ve seen in 15 years of in­ter­na­tional travel.


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