The travellers of Tom Jobim International Airport of Rio de Janeiro (Rio Airport) can now enjoy premium independent airport lounge and transit hotel services of international standard. RIOgaleão, the managing company of Rio Airport, jointly celebrated today the grand opening of the first Plaza Premium Lounges and Aerotel in South America with Plaza Premium Group (the Group), the pioneer and industry leader in providing Premium Airport Services around the world, as well as the holder of Skytrax’s World Best Independent Airport Lounge.
“We have the honour and pride, and are very excited to have our South America’s airport lounge and transit hotel debut in Brazil today. It marks another significant milestone in the history of Plaza Premium Group to transform the stay at the airport in an amazing way, above travellers’ expectation, with seamless connectivity without restrictions, bringing added value, convenience, comfort, love and care to our travellers, turning once unimaginable and formidable dream into reality. All of such success could not have been achieved without the stanch support of RIOgaleão which shares the same passion as we do, and we very much look forward to the long-term partnership with RIOgaleão to create premium airport services without boundaries.” says Mr. Song Hoi-see, Founder and CEO of the Group.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the RIOgaleão president, Mr. Luiz Rocha, told that “our partnership with Plaza Premium Group represents the evolution and modernization of RIOgaleão. Nowadays, RIOgaleão provides one of the most complete airport services in the world-wide arena. The introduction of Plaza Premium Lounge and Aerotel together to Latin America by RIOgaleão shows that we are standing firmly in this way. Today, we are great partners, a partnership that started some time ago with Changi, one of the partners at RIOgaleão. Changi also manages the International Airport of Singapore, considered one of the best in the world, where Plaza Premium also operates airport lounges as well.
Located in Terminal 2 on level 3 of the international departures pier (airside), level 1 of the domestic departures pier (airside), and level 2 of the car parking building (landside) with spaces of approximately 1,300 m², 950 m² and 350 m2, respectively, the International Departures, Domestic Departures, and Arrivals of Plaza Premium Lounge welcome all travellers departing from, transiting through, and arriving at the airport regardless of their airline or class of travel with modern design carefully inspired by the soul of Rio de Janeiro. These three Plaza Premium Lounges with a combined seating of 570 are part of the Rio´s portrayal, showing “what being a Cariocais about”. Domestic and international travellers can now have a taste of local culture even upon their arrival or departure from the airport. The vibrant Carioca design is reflected everywhere in the lounges, from the use of furniture, murals, carpet to graffiti artwork, bringing wonderful memories of the Copacabana beach and other landscapes of the city. As part of this concept, the food and beverage offerings developed by Plaza Premium’s Executive Chef comprise a variety of hot and cold authentic delicacies at the buffet counters and live cooking stations, such as cheese bread and tapioca which are further coupled with a selection of drinks appreciated by both Brazilians and foreigners at the bar lounge, including the famous caipirinha on the beverage menu.
As the pioneer and industry leader in Premium Airport Services, Plaza Premium’s thoughtful design of hospitality services and facilities represent its highest commitment to exclusivity and excellence. Travellers can escape from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a series of entertainments, from international newspapers and magazines, to multi-national TV channels. There are also complimentary Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, USB sockets to recharge and stay connected, as well as Plaza Premium’s signature honeycomb seating, meeting and VIP rooms, as well as an exclusive outdoor terrace to experience the extra privacy soon after arrival or prior to take-off. To maintain tranquility inside the lounges, flight information displays are installed prominently across major lounge zones to keep travellers abreast of their latest flight schedule. For those who choose to refresh, fully equipped powerful hot shower facilities are readily available, one of which is specifically designed for the disabled to take care of their needs.
Located on level 3 of the international departures pier (airside) in Terminal 2, Aerotel Rio de Janeiro gives new definition to airport transit hotel for travellers having long layover time at the airport or taking flights in the wee hours. Designed for travellers by travellers, this boutique sized airport transit hotel spans over 2,000 square feet offering 16 cozy, convenient, premium yet affordable guestrooms in the airside of Rio Airport. It has also incorporated local elements in its shopfront design to give travellers an exotic touch in the airport environment.
The basic lounge use package of Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures), (Domestic Departures), and (Arrivals) starts at BRL240 for 2 hours and BRL99 for 1 hour in Domestic Departures and Arrivals, with a time-limited offer at BRL150 for International Departures and BRL85 for both Domestic Departures and Arrivals. As for Aerotel, the basic 1-hour, 3-hour and 6-hour packages start at BRL150, BRL300 and BRL450, respectively. Both Aerotel and the international departures lounge open round-the-clock in a 24/7 fashion while the domestic departure lounge opens daily between 7am and 10pm. Plaza Premium Lounge (Arrivals) operates between 2pm to 10pm every day. Eligible credit card holders and selected lounge membership access programmes will also be granted complimentary access to these three Plaza Premium Lounges in Rio Airport.
The new Plaza Premium Lounges and Aerotel designed above all to reflect their respective brand experience and to offer travellers both tranquility and enjoyment in Rio de Janeiro, whether they are embarking on a short trip or starting on a longer journey from Rio Airport.