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Etihad Airways launched a premium lounge for passengers at the Manchester Airport. The lounge features several top class services and amenities for Pearl Business Class travellers. The development has been seen as another step in airline’s commitment to the North West England.

Etihad Airways, United Arab Emirates’ national airline, has opened a premium lounge for its passengers at the Manchester Airport. The development which took place on Thursday, 9th December is seen as the airline’s continued commitment to the North West region of England.

The glittering new lounge at the Manchester Airport follows the inauguration of premium lounges in Abu Dhabi, London and Frankfurt. Each of these lounges portrays the airline’s unbeatable style and service notion, along with excellent ambience and feel.

With business class travellers of Etihad enjoying complimentary limousine transfers to and from the airport, the stylish lounge ensures that premium class ticket buyers are pampered with the added comfort on their journey.

The lounge at the Manchester Airport will additionally feature a specially designed gallery showcasing memorabilia of the Manchester City Football Club, which is sponsored by Etihad Airways since 2009.

The stylish lounge at the Manchester Airport is a spread across 318 square metres and features some of the finest business services and amenities, which as per the press release issued by the airline, include the following:

Five-star dining facilities with a selection of international cuisine.

A modern business centre providing individual workstations and privacy for people with laptops.

A family room, where children can be entertained.

A relaxation area, including high-comfort leather chairs and reading material.

Luxurious bathrooms and shower facilities for customers to freshen up before their departure.

A prayer room.

Expansive views over the airport’s taxiway and runway.

Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Baumgartner stated in the press release, “Manchester has always been an important market for Etihad and the ties between Manchester and Abu Dhabi have never been stronger.”

Mr Baumgartner further stated, “This latest development is testament to our commitment to the North West of England, and to the ever-growing business and leisure travel demand in and out of the region. We are very proud to be able to offer Etihad Pearl Business Class guests in Manchester this amazing lounge.”

Roberto Mancini, a co-host at the opening ceremony of the premier lounge, was delighted with the development and commented in the release, “Abu Dhabi is our home when we are away from home and as a regular user of Etihad, I, like my players, am always impressed with the impeccable service and fantastic facilities on board.”

“The new Etihad premium lounge will make our journeys to the region even more enjoyable, starting from the moment we step into the airport to arriving at our destination. I am proud to be opening it today,” Mr Mancini quoted in the press release.

MCFC Chief Executive, Garry Cook was also present at the opening ceremony and eulogised the quality and standard of Etihad’s services. He was reported in the press release as stating, “It is difficult to find ways to improve on the service that Etihad offers, but the provision of the Premium lounge is the icing on the cake for all Pearl Business class passengers. We are proud to have Etihad as our Official Partner and share their delight as they continue to be awarded and acclaimed by the airline industry.”

Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, was quoted in the news release, “This new luxury lounge facility really puts Manchester on the map as a world class airport. Etihad’s Abu Dhabi service is a crucial link between our two closely-linked regions and the addition of a premium lounge demonstrates real confidence in this important relationship.”

As a part of the development initiatives in the region, the airline announced a 60 % increase in the capacity on the route earlier this year with provision for more business seats than ever by deploying Boeing 777 aircraft. The increase in capacity led to the availability of an additional 2,100 seats per week on the route. This has been beneficial for both leisure travellers who seek tickets on cheap flights as well as for business travellers looking for premium class tickets.

Operational in Manchester since 2006, Etihad Airways provides connecting cheap flights from the city to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow through its code share partner, bmi as well as flights from Manchester to Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton and Inverness with Flybe.

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