Exclusive Premium Lounge With Unisex Sauna to Open at Helsinki Airport

Photograph courtesy of Finnair. Click on the photograph to access the source of the photograph at the official Internet web site of Finnair — as well as to view additional photographs of the new airport lounge.

A new lounge near Gate 36 in the non-Schengen area of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport will open soon; and it is equipped with a unisex sauna where the towels are supposedly optional — meaning recommended and not necessarily required.

FlyerTalk members first learned of this new airport lounge by Finnair back in October and have eagerly awaited its opening. According to a press release from Finnair, “The new facility will be available to Finnair Plus Platinum and Gold members and their guests only, as well as frequent flyer cardholders with equivalent status at a fellow oneworld airline. All customers however may enjoy completely new private shower suites and a Finnish sauna.”

Finland is supposedly a country which has one sauna for every three people; so it would seem to be natural to include this amenity — not usually found in an airport lounge — by Finnair, which celebrated 90 years in business this past November.

Also according to the aforementioned press release, “Business Class passengers, Finnair Plus top-tier loyalty card holders and other customers entitled to lounge access at Helsinki Airport are now offered an upgraded range of complimentary wines, beer and spirits at all Finnair Lounges at Helsinki Airport, as well as hot meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner times. Additionally, at the non-Schengen Finnair Lounge, a more exclusive list of premium champagnes and liquors are also available for a charge. Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut Champagne is complimentary for Finnair Plus Platinum members and other Emerald-level oneworld frequent flyer cardholders.”

The amenities offered in this particular lounge seem to be in the reverse direction of airport lounges by some other airlines — such as the beverage changes in Sky Club lounges as confirmed from Delta Air Lines in May of 2013 even though a rate increase for membership had been announced approximately three months earlier.

Would you partake in a unisex sauna at an airport lounge? Do you think more airport lounges should provide this amenity?

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  • jake108 at 12:38pm July 03, 2014

    AY 06 in about two months. will update then.

    • Brian Cohen at 12:45pm July 03, 2014

      I look forward to it, jake108. Enjoy!

  • Fornebufox at 9:34am July 04, 2014

    It was a sad day when Finnair closed their full-service spa in the non-Schengen zone, which included 4 different kinds of sauna among other amenities as well as an array of paid treatments. In the handful of times I used the facility I never encountered anyone else using in the sauna area, and only one or two people in the dressing room area (can’t remember whether private shower stalls were in a coed area or not).

    I’d wait to get excited about the hot meals — porridge in the morning and soup or chili can’t exactly compete with other international lounges, and the free wine and beer have been pretty ordinary.

    Will be eager to read jake108’s report.

  • dhuey at 8:08pm July 04, 2014

    In these saunas, there will surely be scores of young Finnish ladies who look much like the one in the above picture, eager to go towel-free and meet geeky FlyerTalkers. It’s pretty much a sure thing.

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