Sydney Airport’s new SkyTeam lounge offers peace and quiet

Serene: SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport.
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SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

Serene: SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport.

SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

Serene: SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport.

SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

Serene: SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport.

SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

Ever entered a busy airline lounge seeking quiet refuge only to find the last available seat is directly under a blaring large-screen television?

That’s the kind of negative experience the new SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport is designed to avoid.

Tranquility and relaxation were the key motivators behind the space conceived by Parisian agency DesignImage and implemented by Hong Kong-based Australian architect Mitchel Squires.

Bert Goren, head of SkyTeam lounges worldwide, explains:  “We tend to focus on human wellbeing and therefore we focus on silence as a feature – we do not have any TVs on to expose passengers to noise which they don’t want to hear. Instead we offer a separate TV room.”

The Sydney lounge is SkyTeam’s first dedicated lounge in the Southern Hemisphere and only the third in the world, behind Heathrow and Istanbul (though SkyTeam passengers have access to more than 620 member airline lounges worldwide).

In keeping with the other SkyTeam lounges, the Sydney offering, for eligible passengers of airlines including China Airlines, Garuda, Delta and Vietnam Airlines, is zoned to help the weary refresh and revitalise.

“We offer sections inside the lounge: one is where passengers can eat, work and have a drink at the wine bar and the other is more a silent part where you can read, relax or take a little nap,” says Goren.

Stand-out features include a vertical garden, an electrical outlet for each of the 140 seats, a champagne and wine bar, showers, four full body massage chairs and, of course, that TV room for those who simply can’t live without it.

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