Many travellers are familiar with airport departure lounges, and enjoy access to them through credit cards, business class or First Class tickets, or elite status.
What many travellers may not know is that there are also airport lounges that are designated specifically to be used after your flight, when you arrive at your destination.
In this guide, we’ll explore everything there is to know about arrivals lounges, including what they are, where you can find them, how to access them, and why you might want to take advantage of these spaces after a flight on your next trip.
What Are Arrivals Lounges?
As the name suggests, arrivals lounges are meant as a place of respite after your flight arrives at your destination airport.
The lounges typically offer showers, a space to get refreshed after a long journey, a place to work or make a phone call, free Wi-Fi, and a selection of food and drinks.
Generally speaking, arrivals lounges are much smaller than departure lounges, and they typically have stricter access requirements, with entrance often reserved solely for business class and First Class passengers.
Arrivals lounges can be particularly handy in a number of situations, such as getting refreshed after a long flight and before a big meeting, or if your hotel check-in time is hours away, and you need a quiet place to work or relax.
Additionally, some lounges also provide unique and helpful services (e.g., ironing your clothes), which we’ll highlight in detail below.
Accessing Arrivals Lounges
Arrivals lounges are hosted by individual airlines, as well as by hospitality groups like Plaza Premium.
Their hours of operation vary depending on the airport and its flight schedule, as the lounges are generally open to service passengers coming in on long-haul flights.
Access varies for each individual lounge, and we’ll explore this further in the section below.
Generally speaking, arrivals lounges hosted by airlines are made available for business class and First Class passengers of the associated airline and for passengers with related elite status (e.g., airline elite status, Star Alliance elite status).