In airport news this week, San Francisco next week will break ground on a massive overhaul of Terminal 1; Denver International gets its first Delta Sky Club; Washington Reagan National will get a new concourse as a part of a massive renovation; a new passenger lounge comes to Hartford Bradley; and a leading newspaper offers a recap of Uber/Lyft status at major U.S. airports.
On June 29, officials at San Francisco International will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a $2.4 billion, multi-year project to renovate and upgrade the airport’s Terminal 1, which dates back to the early 1960s. The overhaul will cover the terminal’s north, south and central areas, and will give T1 a new Boarding Area B (primarily Southwest, Frontier) with new boarding bridges and concessions, a revamped Boarding Area C (Delta), a new central area with a consolidated security checkpoint, new baggage system and claims area, and new mezzanine with links to the AirTrain and central parking garage. TravelSkills will be there for the groundbreaking, and next week we’ll show you what all the changes will look like.
Delta Air Lines has cut the ribbon on its first Sky Club at Denver International Airport. The 4,600 square foot lounge, which can seat 90, is on Concourse A, and it opened just after Delta inaugurated service between Denver and Los Angeles International, with five Delta Connection/SkyWest flights a day. That gives the airline a total of 40 weekday departures at DEN. The facility is decorated with works from local art galleries, and it offers free beer (New Belgium Ranger) from a Colorado craft brewery along with other amenities. Later in 2016, Delta expects to open additional new Sky Clubs at Atlanta (Concourse B) and Seattle (between Concourses A and B).
Washington Reagan National this fall will break ground on its ”biggest building project in nearly two decades,” according to the Washington Post – a $1 billion effort that will improve life for passengers on regional flights by replacing Terminal C’s Gate 35X, where travelers now board shuttle buses to their aircraft, with a new commuter concourse. Renovations also include National Hall, the glass-enclosed walkway on Terminal B and C’s concourse level, where security screening will be moved up to the arrivals level. The changes are expected to relieve congestion at space-constrained DCA, which has been setting new passenger records annually for the past six years, and now handles more travelers than the much larger Dulles International.
Northern Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport, which serves Hartford, Conn, and Springfield, Mass., will be getting a new passenger lounge this fall, developed by MAG USA, which has been creating pay-per-use Escape Lounges at various U.S. airports. (It has one at Minneapolis-St. Paul, and will open another at Oakland International this summer.) The 2,000-square foot lounge will be in Bradley’s East Concourse, and will offer free hot and cold food and drinks, restrooms, free high-speed Wi-Fi, flight information screens, and newspapers and magazines.
What’s the status of Uber/Lyft ride-hailing app services at your favorite airport? USA Today has compiled a roundup of Uber/Lyft services at a number of major U.S. airports, indicating when they started operating, what kind of airport surcharge applies to rides, and approximate fares to and from downtown. It notes that the services are still absent from the nation’s busiest airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, where “rules were expected to be in place by July 1, but talks have been delayed over discussions on driver background checks.” Unfortunately the lists are not exhaustive and don’t cover some major airports like Newark, Miami, Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Seattle, but it’s a start!
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