Because of increased security, passengers are asked to arrive at airports several hours early, even for domestic flights. Delay of a plane in arriving and departing is quite common. Many travellers also have to wait in the airport for their connected flights. How to make use of the waiting time effectively is a challenge to travellers. An airport lounge may be a solution to the issue of extra waiting time.
Usually, an airport lounge offers private meeting rooms, phone, fax, wireless and Internet access and other business services, along with provisions to enhance comfort such as free drinks and snacks. It is a place where passengers can get some work done or relax and enjoy time spent out of the office. It’s an insurance scheme as passengers never know when they might be at an airport longer than expected. In an airport lounge, they can do something with any time left over. They can be productive and turn airport time into their time.
The first airport lounge, The Admirals Club, was opened at New York's La Guardia airport in 1939 by American Airline for its VIP passengers. Now, unique and luxurious lounges are found at many airports worldwide. The demand has increased so much that not only airlines compete to have the best VIP lounge with the best services, many independent providers of airport lounge access see it a good business opportunity.
Free lounge access is usually offered by airlines to anyone in their premium cabins (first class or business class) on their days of travel. Members of the top frequent-flyer