First photos: SkyTeam opens Sydney Airport lounge

By David Flynn, December 15 2014

SkyTeam's new Sydney Airport lounge is now open for travellers on the alliance's partner airlines and paying guests.

The SkyTeam lounge is located at Gate 24, with seating capacity for 140 travellers, and like the adjacent American Express Lounge is managed by Plaza Premium.

As expected, the oft-delayed and long-awaited lounge includes design elements from SkyTeam’s London Heathrow and Istanbul lounges.The lounge itself is located on the lower level of the terminal, with an escalator and lift from the reception area.

Turn right and you'll find the buffet area...

... and at the far end, a wine bar.

Chairs by the window afford a view over the tarmac.

Something you can't miss is the abundance of AC power sockets.

We'd swear that no seat is more than an arm's length away from laptop power, although USB ports are far more scarce.

There's ample seating, especially in the 'left wing' of the lounge.

This includes a large oval table with AC and USB sockets lurking under the centre-mounted covers.

There are also three shower suites for a freshening up before your flight.

One unusual touch: while most airport lounges have TV screens scattered around and a quiet zone off to the corner, SkyTeam flips things by having a separate TV room so that passengers aren't disturbed by blaring TV sets.

The doors to SkyTeam's Sydney lounge will swoosh open for first class and business class passengers on China Southern, China Eastern, Taiwan’s China Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines, as well as travellers on those airlines who hold top-tier SkyTeam Elite Plus status in their respective airline’s frequent flyer scheme.

(SkyTeam Elite Plus members can also bring a guest into the lounge, even if they're not on the same flight.)

Paid access is priced at $77 for two hours and $132 for five hours.

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David Flynn

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

raymac

raymac

Malaysia Airlines - Enrich

21 Mar 2014

Total posts 19

Looks impressive and I like the colour scheme. Hope they put on a good breakfast Christmas Day morning when we are waiting for our Korean Air flight to LAX!!!

KG

KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2011

Total posts 736

KE direct to LAX?? or transferring via ICN ;)

KG

KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2011

Total posts 736

Again the shiny nose of a CZ A380! Wonder if CZ had to pay for this add placement!

Hugo

Hugo

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

Pretty sure the cost of an ad on ausbt is a lot lower than the cost of parking an A380 at a gate at SYD.

Roger Balch

Roger Balch

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Dec 2014

Total posts 2

Very happy to see the TVs shunted off to a separate room!

airbear

airbear

Velocity

19 Jun 2013

Total posts 21

Amen to that!! I hate being subjected to the latest economic news, politician's mug or ABC/Fairfax propaganda when in a domestic longe. Bad enough. But In the international terminal, when I am fleeing the place for a few days/weeks to get away from all that, it is completely unacceptable.

My attitude when I am overseas, is that the entire country can sink beneath the waves for all I care. Merry Christmas, everyone ;)

moa999

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1374

Interesting a paid lounge as well...

Mind you, at those prices, can see why they are not opening it to Priority Pass holders.

Hugo

Hugo

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

$77 for two hours? What do they think this is, a carpark?

Seriously though, looks okay, pretty generic. But I suppose the real upside as far as I'm concerned is less crowding at the NZ lounge!

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1127

Yeah that's a bit rich imo.

patullose

patullose

08 Jul 2015

Total posts 10

Can anyone, flying any airline access this lounge if paid? Or is it still restricted to sky team airlines?

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