Air Travel News
Briefs: New UA lounge at ORD; Delta links terminals at LGA
In airport news, United Airlines has cut the ribbon on a new prototype design for its United Club airport lounges at Chicago O’Hare; Delta passengers have a more convenient way to get between terminals at New York LaGuardia; Los Angeles International unveils a big roster of new concessionaires for its overhaul of the Tom Bradley Terminal; and San Jose adds a lounge open to all for a daily fee.
Terminal 2 at Chicago O’Hare is the site of United Airlines’ newest prototype for its United Club lounges, a design that will be repeated in new and renovated facilities at other airports. “The new United Club offers customers an improved airport lounge experience,” a UA official, said, with a large bar and lounge area, “dynamic” lighting, new furniture and more workstations and power outlets. The 13,300 square foot lounge continues to provide free snacks, beverages and Wi-Fi.
A new connector bridge has opened up at New York LaGuardia linking the C and D terminals. Before the connector opened, passengers has to walk outdoors or take an airside bus between the terminals. The connector will add moving walkways by the middle of this year. It’s part of an ongoing series of improvements announced by Delta Air Lines, which controls Terminal D and took over most of Terminal C as part of a big slot swap with US Airways that allowed it to add dozens of new daily departures at LGA. Delta recently opened a new Sky Club in Terminal C as well, and expects to open larger security checkpoints in both C and D this year.
With the first phase of Los Angeles International’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) due to debut this spring, airport officials announced plans to add some five dozen new restaurant, lounge and retail concessionaires in the facility. Working with concessionaire management company Westfield, the overhauled TBIT “will introduce 42 concepts to LAX for the first time, including 28 new concepts never before seen in an airport environment,” LAX said. Some 22 concessionaires will offer local Los Angeles brands. High-end retailers coming to the terminal include Bvlgari, Michael Kors, Armani, Coach, Porsche Design, Victoria’s Secret and Hugo Boss. Dining options include LA’s Umami Burger, Mexican eatery Border Grill, American comfort food from James Beach, a Starbucks that serves wine and beer ion the evening, a make-your-own-pie pizzeria called 800 degrees, and new sushi restaurants with fish flown in from Tokyo, among many others.
A January 11 opening is scheduled at California’s San Jose Mineta International Airport for a new 7,400 square foot passenger lounge that will be available to anyone for a daily fee of $35. Called The Club at San Jose, the facility is operated by Airport Lounge Development Corp., which has similar locations at RDU, DFW and LAS. It’s on the third level of Terminal A across from Gate A15. Amenities include free wine, showers and workstations.