Airport luxury has traditionally come hand in hand with steep membership fees. But Auckland Airport’s new Emperor lounge is welcoming all international travellers regardless of their airline – passengers who don’t have an airline lounge membership but are after a premium lounge facility.
Stephenson & Turner Architects was the mastermind behind the design, and also drove the airport's Pier B expansion and redesign of the international departures/arrivals area.
At a charge of $49, the Emperor offers the chance to fit in a shower, surf the web or simply relax before a flight, with snacks including halal meals available and complimentary drinks.
The lounge is also used by international airlines that don’t have a dedicated on-site lounge but who want to offer the service to their business class passengers, including Malaysia Airlines.