The Star Alliance group will be setting up its first branded lounge in China.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance and Qiu Jiachen, chairman of the board at Baiyun Airport. As part of the memorandum, the Star Alliance lounge will in Terminal 1 for frequent flier members of the group carriers along with integrated check-in, gate facilities, and connection services.

“This is an excellent decision for all parties”, said Qiu Jiachen, Chairman of the Board, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. “Having a renowned Star Alliance branded lounge within the Terminal 1 facilities reflects the desire of CAN to provide the major global airline alliance groups an enhanced customer experience at our airport.”

Along with the planned Guangzhou lounge, Star Alliance has its owned branded lounges in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Nagoya, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, and Sao Paulo.

The new lounge will be at China Southern’s main hub, who just happened to announce their departure from rival airline alliance SkyTeam. The Guangzhou-based carrier has fueled speculation it would join OneWorld after it announced an expanded codeshare partnership with American Airlines.

Baiyun Airport is China’s third-busiest airport in China, and the 13th busiest in the world. According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the airport handled 65.8 million passengers in 2017.

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