As work progresses at the Kigali International Airport, to create space for additional check in counters and departure lounges, for more shops and outside parking too – the construction should be completed by early next year – so is work ongoing to move the airports’ premium lounge to a new location and almost tripling the space at the same time.
Opened in August 2011 the Pearl Lounge has won the hearts of many travelers, not only those “entitled” to lounge services for flying First or Business Class but also Economy Class passengers, who can for a modest fee – subject to space – gain access to this little oasis of tranquility amid the hectic goings on in the departure lounge, where crowds can be overwhelming and where at peak periods seats are often hard to come by.
“We can’t wait to get into our new space,” said a lounge attendant on Sunday morning when discussing the new development with him and a colleague, before adding, “The new lounge will be a lot bigger and a lot better than this one. Our visitors are quite happy but they will be even happier in the new lounge when it is open.”
When the new airport extension is completed the lounge management will according to information received also offer an added “Meet and Greet” service for passengers who like to save time on both arrival and departure, giving access to fast track handling at the check in, at security check points and at immigration. Way to go Kigali and perhaps other airports in the region can take a leaf from such new offers for premium services.