Air Travel News
Briefs: Delta tries new concept at ATL, JFK; Star group opens B.A. lounge
In airport news, Delta will see if passengers waiting at the airport would like to get outside the confines of the terminal; the Star Alliance cuts the ribbon on a new facility at Buenos Aires; Turkey says it will build the world’s largest airport; and Paris CDG adds a unique cultural attraction.
Remember how some airports used to have outdoor viewing decks on top of the terminals where visitors could watch the planes take off? Delta will try to revive that kind of experience at two airports this year for members of its Sky Club airport lounge program. the company said it is teaming up with Architectural Digest and designer Thom Filicia to build outdoor terraces attached to its Sky Clubs at Atlanta Hartfield-Jackson and new York JFK. At ATL, the new terrace will open this summer as part of the Sky Club in Concourse F of the International Terminal. At JFK, it will be a rooftop terrace, part of Delta’s massive redevelopment of Terminal 4, opening in May. Delta said the terraces will “provide distinctive spaces with unprecedented outdoor runway views.”
The Star Alliance has opened a new lounge for premium customers at Argentina’s Buenos Aires International Airport. Located on the second level of the new Terminal B, it’s open to first and business class passengers on Star member airlines as well as Star Gold Card holders. It has a business center with desktop computers, a printer, scanner and photocopier, as well as free local phone calls and free Wi-Fi. The lounge also offers showers; luggage storage; comfortable seating areas; TVs; newspapers and magazines; free soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; and a selection of hot and cold snacks.
Turkey’s Transport Minister said at a press briefing in Ankara that the government plans to build the world’s largest airport outside Istanbul. The new facility is deemed necessary to handle larger passenger numbers in and out of Turkey, which has Europe’s fastest-growing economy; and increasing numbers of flights on Turkish Airlines, one of the world’s fastest-growing carriers. The proposed $9.3 billion facility would have six runways and would eventually be capable of handling 150 million passengers annually, according to wire service reports. The first phase of the airport is due to open in 2017, officials said.
Got sometime to kill at Paris-Charles de Gaulle? You can get some serious culture—a rare thing at an airport—by visiting CDG’s newly opened museum. Called Espace Musees, it’s in Hall M of Terminal 2, and it’s free. The museum will offer two thematic exhibitions each year, airport officials said. It’s currently hosting 50 original works by the sculptor Auguste Rodin, in a partnership with the Rodin Museum.