All Nippon Airways is set to open its renovated lounge at Okinawa (Naha) Airport on September 3rd 2019. The newly revamped lounge, situated in Naha – one of Japan’s most southerly and tropical islands – is approximately 2.5 times larger and includes yet more seating space.
The changes, which follow the new design palette recently rolled out on the ground and in the sky are designed to ensure passengers are able to comfortably relax with friends and family while waiting for their flights. In an exclusive approach, the lounge is accessible via a private security checkpoint to ensure faster, direct access for premium passengers.
The renowned designer Kengo Kuma – also involved in the new 777 cabins – supervised the lounge remodel to ensure it aligned with the “ichigo ichie” (treasure every encounter as if it were once in a lifetime) design concept that is also found in the recently revamped lounges at Chitose, Itami and Fukuoka Airports.
We love how Kuma designed the Okinawa ANA Lounge to highlight regional cultural elements, incorporating artwork and craftsmanship from local artisans. The lounge features a wooden wall with a traditional Japanese “Yamato-kabe” design to create a bright, warm and relaxing atmosphere and a point of reflection on the local crafts of the area.
Situated at two and a half hours flight from Japan’s capital Tokyo, Okinawa has a distinct local culture. “We wanted to ensure the lounge incorporated unique elements from this region,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “Mr. Kuma designed the lounge with an immersive, engaging atmosphere, exemplifying how at ANA we want to make sure every moment of the travel experience is as comfortable and convenient as possible. ANA will continue looking for ways to meet our passenger needs and set the standard for customer service.”