Review

SkyTeam Sydney Lounge overview

A spacious and light-filled lounge with above-average food and drink options, tarmac views and fast wifi

As the other two big alliances (Star Alliance and oneworld) are doing, SkyTeam airlines are pooling their money to share alliance-wide lounges instead of operating their own and duplicating services.

This lounge is for First and Business Class and SkyTeam elite passengers travelling to or via Asia on China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and XiamenAir, and for Los Angeles-bound passengers on Delta Airlines.

Skyteam lounge Sydney

Also included are Virgin Australia Velocity elite status members travelling in any class on Delta’s Los Angeles services.

I visited this lounge prior to my Korean Air First Class flight to San Francisco via Seoul in early January 2017.

Skyteam Lounge Sydney

Lounge details

The lounge is open from 6am until 10pm.

Both the download and upload wifi speeds were excellent when I visited:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney

Lounge location

The lounge is located in Sydney Airport’s International Terminal next to gate 24.

Skyteam Lounge Sydney

It is also adjacent to the American Express Sydney Lounge.

Lounge seating

Head down the escalators from the entrance to the lounge:

Skyteam Lounge entrance

where you’ll find a limited range of reading material:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney - reading materials

The main lounge seating area is large and aesthetically-pleasing:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney seating

Skyteam Lounge Sydney seating

Skyteam Lounge Sydney seating

There is a work table with Australian power outlets:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney work table

Skyteam Lounge Sydney outlets

and three Mac computers for use:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney

The window seating offers some great views, especially of Airbus A380s (I saw four at once when I was there):

Skyteam Lounge Sydney view

The TV room is a let-down – sparse and drab:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney TV room

as is the sleeping room:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney sleeping room lounge chair

On my Tuesday morning visit, the lounge was 5% full just after opening at 6am and 40% full by the time I left at 8am.

Food & Drink

There was a comprehensive buffet on offer during my visit, with eggs, bacon, sausages and potatoes as hot items, and chickpea salad, pasta, kimchi, cereal, toast and pastries as cold items:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney food

Skyteam Lounge Sydney food

in addition to a good selection of cheeses:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney cheeses

and fruit salad:

Skyteam Lounge Sydney salads

as well as a self-service bar and seating area, open right from 6am:

Skyteam Lounge bar

Skyteam Lounge bar

The official lounge website has a (quite clunky, unfortunately) virtual tour of the lounge’s facilities.

Lounge access options

  • By class of travel: all First and Business Class passengers travelling on same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member airline

Skyteam Lounge Sydney

  • By alliance frequent flyer status: regardless of their travel class, SkyTeam Elite Plus members travelling on a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member airline, plus one guest travelling on a SkyTeam flight
  • By Velocity Frequent Flyer status: regardless of their travel class, Velocity Gold and Platinum members travelling on a same-day Delta Airlines service to Los Angeles

The eight SkyTeam airlines currently serving Sydney are:

  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Delta Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Korean Air
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • XiamenAir

Comparison with American Express Lounge next door

If you are lucky enough to have access to both lounges, I would recommend grabbing a coffee from the barista at the Amex Lounge and heading over to the SkyTeam Lounge to enjoy more space.

They are both run by the same company, Plaza Premium, and had basically the same food and wifi speed.

American Express Sydney Lounge

American Express Sydney Lounge

The advantages of the Amex Lounge are:

  • it is more aesthetically pleasing
  • there is a barista and bar service
  • it has a wider newspaper and magazine selection

The advantages of the SkyTeam Lounge are:

  • it is about triple the size of the Amex Lounge
  • there is self-service alcohol (if you prefer that) and more food
  • there are a TV room, sleeping room and one shower, all of which the Amex Lounge lacks

SkyTeam Lounge Sydney: our take

This lounge is an impressive one and worth an hour or so of your time.

The food and drink offerings are better than the average lounge, it has a fresh and aesthetically-pleasing look, the wifi is fantastic, and the staff friendly.

The lounge could get an extra star if it had a full-service bar, more inviting TV and sleeping areas, and more than one shower.

However, all in all, I’d definitely recommend a visit!

SkyTeam Sydney Lounge overview was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt

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