oneworld® Alliance is Opening Its First Branded Lounge

by Anthony Losanno
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The oneworld® Alliance is the smallest of the three global airline alliances with member airlines that include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and more. It’s finally joining Star Alliance and SkyTeam in launching its own branded lounges with the first location set to open at Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) in January 2024 (with a soft opening in late December 2023).

oneworld® lounges were first announced in 2019. The concept is to build lounges in airports with enough traffic to justify the space and expense, but without any one carrier having such a presence where they’ll have enough lounge capacity to serve all of the member airlines. We’ve seen this with Star Alliance lounges in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) as well as SkyTeam lounges in Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

The oneworld® lounge at Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) will welcome:

  • First Class and Business Class passengers
  • Frequent flyers with oneworld® Emerald or Sapphire status

JJ Lounge ICN

The oneworld® lounge at Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) is being built on the 4th floor of Terminal 1 (near Gate 28 in space previously occupied by Jeju Air), which closed in 2020. It’s around 6,000 square feet and will have seating for around 140 passengers.

oneworld® sees the opportunity to open lounges in 15 to 30 airports globally. We’ll have to wait to see what is announced next.

Anthony’s Take: It’s good to see oneworld® catching up with Star Alliance and SkyTeam on the shared lounge concept.

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mike November 22, 2023 - 2:27 pm

Oneworld already has a lounge at LAX and has for years, so this isnt a first – if I’m not not mistaken.

Too Many November 22, 2023 - 5:16 pm

So what is the LAX lounge considered?


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