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Swissport Expands Aspire Lounge Business To Asia

As part of the global expansion of its lounge business, Swissport will open Asia’s first Aspire lounge at Narita International Airport (NRT).

The lounge in Terminal 2 will open in early summer 2022. Inspired by the nature and traditions of Japan, the Aspire lounge at NRT will provide a unique and relaxing experience for visitors.
Swissport will further expand its global lounge business, with the opening of Asia’s first Aspire lounge at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan. The lounge, inspired by Japanese nature, style, and culture, will open in the airport’s Terminal 2 in early summer 2022. Swissport has recently expanded its lounge business to Australia.

“We are extremely proud to enter the Asian market and further expand our Asia Pacific footprint with the stunning new lounge we are creating at Narita Airport,” said Brad Moore, Swissport’s Managing Director for APAC. “We are blending modern, sharp design with traditional Japanese style and beauty to create a truly welcoming and relaxing airport lounge experience. Swissport is delighted to bring its award-winning lounge business to Japan, and we look forward to providing the ultimate experience for our guests.”

The 720m2 lounge will be fully equipped with a relaxation room, office space and shower room to maximize comfort and functionality for up to 148 guests. It is designed to support guests in finding their wagaya (a Japanese word meaning ‘one’s own home’). A range of special features will help promote wellbeing and relaxation including large windows allowing extensive natural light, aromatic oils, plants, and nature sounds throughout the spaces.

Key features

Facility name: Aspire Narita
Date of opening: Early summer 2022
Location: Terminal 2, Satellite 2F, Narita International Airport
Main use: Business club lounge
Facilities: Buffet Zone, Bar Corner, Business Zone, Quiet Zone (space for quiet rest), Refresh Zone (shower and bathroom)

Under the Aspire brand, Swissport manages Europe’s largest network of independent airport lounges. In June of 2021, Swissport expanded its global lounge business with the acquisition of No1 Lounges in the UK and Australia, now operating some 60 lounges at 35 airports worldwide. New Aspire lounges are opening soon in Perth in Western Australia, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Ontario in California.

Swissport Japan provides the full range of cargo handling and ground services at six major airports – Narita, Haneda, Chubu, Kansai, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. The business was established in 2006 as a joint venture between Swissport International Ltd and Marubeni Corporation.

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