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?