China Mobile removes lounges at airports
To reduce operating expenses, China Mobile Ltd, the world’s No 1 telecom carrier by subscriber numbers, is removing its premium customer lounges at the nation’s airports.
A senior executive from China Mobile said closing the airport VIP lounges is one part of the company’s move to reduce operating costs after the watchdog of state-owned assets ordered the country’s Big Three telecom carriers — China Mobile, China United Network Communications Group Co Ltd and China Telecom Corp Ltd — to spend less on daily operations and marketing.
Lu Wenchang, deputy manager of China Mobile’s marketing department, told China Daily that the the VIP lounges account for less than 1 percent of the telecom giant’s total operating cost.
A monkey plays with water in Xiangshan Park in Huaibei city, Anhui province on Monday. The city raised its alert from yellow to orange as the temperature reached 38 degree Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).