Eti­had adds paid lounge ac­cess and cuts free pick-ups abroad

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

ETI­HAD AIR­WAYS is of­fer­ing econ­omy pas­sen­gers paid-for busi­ness class lounge ac­cess in Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port Ter­mi­nal 1 and Ter­mi­nal 3. Charges are set at AED370 for two hours, AED550 for four, AED730 for six and AED920 for eight.

First and pre­mium pas­sen­gers will be charged for chauf­feur pick-ups in­ter­na­tion­ally from July 3 (ex­clud­ing Res­i­dence guests). The air­line at­trib­uted the de­ci­sion to pas­sen­gers“mak­ing their own ground trans­port ar­range­ments” but it will have the dual ben­e­fit of cut­ting costs and rais­ing rev­enues. Charges will“vary for each des­ti­na­tion”. An­other rev­enue-boost­ing move sees the launch of a ‘neigh­bour–free seat’ op­tion in econ­omy where pas­sen­gers seek­ing more room to spread out can bid for up to three seats next to their own seat when book­ing on­line through PlusGrade. Suc­cess­ful bids will be con­firmed 30 hours prior to de­par­ture.

Eti­had fol­lows Emirates which in­tro­duced paid lounge ac­cess for Sky­wards mem­bers at DXB in Fe­bru­ary.

Eti­had schedule changes un­til Septem­ber con­cern Dam­mam (fourth daily flight), Am­man (sec­ond new daily), Beirut (four flights weekly, in­tro­duc­tion of B787), Cairo (fifth new daily), Casablanca (up­graded to A340) and Ra­bat (one ex­tra weekly flight).

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