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Thursday, March 19, 2015

JAL to enhance lounge service at Kansai and Aomori airports

The renovated international Sakura Lounge at Osaka Kansai Airport
The renovated international Sakura Lounge at Osaka Kansai Airport. Image by Japan Airlines.

Japan Airlines (JAL) will enhance the lounge service at Aomori Airport and Osaka Kansai Airport in the coming months.  For Aomori Airport, JAL will be using a 3rd party operated lounge while at Kansai Airport, JAL will renovate its existing international Sakura Lounge.


Aomori Airport

JAL will start using Aomori Airport Lounge from April 1 2015
JAL will start using Aomori Airport Lounge from April 1 2015. Image by Japan Airlines.

The new lounge service will start at Aomori Airport from April 1 2015 when the Aomori Airport Lounge reopens. The lounge is operated by Aomori Airport Building Co. Ltd. so this will be a shared lounge. It is located on the 2nd floor and will open from 1 hour before the first departure till 15 minutes before the last departure.


JAL will start using Aomori Airport Lounge from April 1 2015
JAL will start using Aomori Airport Lounge from April 1 2015. Image by Japan Airlines.

Even though it is a third party operated lounge, the normal JAL lounge access policy will apply. This means passengers with JMB Diamond, JGC Premier, JMB Sapphire, JAL Global Club, oneworld Emerald or oneworld Sapphire status plus 1 guest are eligible. Passengers traveling on domestic First Class or have a same day international Business Class and First Class connecting are also eligible.


Osaka Kansai Airport



JAL will finally renovate the old international Sakura Lounge at Osaka Kansai Airport which has very limited offerings at the moment. The renewed lounge will continue to use the "modern Japanese" concept as seen at the new international lounges at Tokyo Haneda Airport. As seen in the mock up, the design is very similar to the ones we see at Haneda.

The renewed lounge will be at the exact same location of the existing lounge, which is located on the 2nd floor of Terminal 1. It be more comfortable and will have a buffet counter, lockers, and photo booths. Renovation is scheduled to complete in July 2015. JAL will release more details on the enhanced Sakura Lounge at Kansai in June.

For more details, you can refer to JAL Press Release (Japanese, English)


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