First Look: Finnair's New Premium Lounge in Helsinki Airport

Good news for frequent fliers to Finland: Finnair is set to open a new Premium Lounge next to its Finnair Lounge near Gate 36 in the non-Schengen area of Helsinki Airport. The Premium Lounge will complement the original Finnair Lounge and will be ready for Platinum and Gold Finnair Plus members and other oneworld top-tier customers by July 1.

What makes it special? The Premium Lounge uses changes in light, colors and video projections synchronized with the seasons and time of day to create a calm atmosphere. Cool touch: Complimentary meals and drinks, including wines and spirits, are plated on Marimekko tableware or served in Iittala Ultima Thule glasses – first designed for Finnair in 1968 by Tapio Wirkkala. The 4,380-square-foot space can seat up to 122 guests and has separate areas for work and relaxation.


 
As part of the overall upgrade in lounge services, customers of both the Premium Lounge and the original Lounge will be able to access new private shower suites and Finnish sauna. Towels and forest berry-based shampoos, shower gels and lotions from Finland will be provided.
 
The Premium Lounge is open to Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum members and their guests, as well as to frequent flyer cardholders with equivalent status at a fellow oneworld airline, including Finnair’s joint business partners American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Japan Airlines.
 
Other Business Class passengers can use the original Lounge, which is directly adjoining the Premium lounge and is regularly featured in lists of the world’s top airline lounges.