Top News Plaza Premium Group deepens service offering in Clark, plans further regional expansion By Rosa Ocampo / Posted on 14 November, 2022 11:36 As part of its aggressive expansion to improve passenger service and experience in South-east Asia, the Plaza Premium Group has launched at Clark International Airport a Plaza Premium Lounge, ALLWAYS bespoke Meet & Assist Services, and TGM Root98 dining outlet. On level three of Clark’s international departure terminal, the Lounge is suitable for passengers’ layover, with pay-per-use shower, VIP Meet & Greet service, in-lounge flight information and smoking room. Lim: Plaza Premium Group’s expansion continues to gain pace It also serves as the Business Class lounge of Philippine Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Plaza Premium Group regional general manager (South-east Asia), Steven Lim, also disclosed plans to have an airport VIP Lounge where departing passengers will be picked up by limo straight to check-in and immigration, bypassing the main terminal. They will then get to rest at the VIP Lounge while waiting for their flight. Also by next year, an Aerobar overlooking Mount Pinatubo will take shape at the airport’s international departure terminal. The group, which already has an 11-key airport transit hotel Aerotel and a Plaza Premium Lounge each at the domestic and international terminals of Cebu Mactan International Airport, is also in discussion to have a Plaza Premium Lounge at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Lim said Plaza Premium Group’s global expansion picked up speed during the pandemic, growing from 170-plus lounges pre-Covid to 250 today. He said that within a month, the group will open its first mega lounge – “a lounge within a lounge” – in Terminal 3 of Jakarta’s international airport. The lounge can hold 700 pax at once, and will contain the Singapore Airlines Lounge that the group will also manage. A similar “lounge within a lounge” will be launched at Kuala Lumpur International Airport by 1Q2023. It will feature both Plaza Premium Lounge and Plaza Premium First for first class passengers. Elsewhere in South-east Asia, Lim said the company is looking to expand in Vietnam and Cambodia where it already has a presence, particularly to operate in Ho Chi Minh Airport when it is ready in three years’ time and a new airport in Phnom Penh. It is also keen to enter Laos and Brunei.