Across the Globe, Travelers Get the VIP Treatment at Airports
Whether you’re flying to the next state over or you’re taking a flight across the globe, traveling by plane can easily become a stressful experience. From the security checkpoints, to the unpredictable flight delays and cancellations, to the seemingly never-ending layovers in utilitarian terminals, air travelers are often lacking in ways to relax.
However, a growing number of airports worldwide are beginning to adopt new ways to give their passengers a much-needed break from the madness of traveling by adding outdoor lounges. With these new outdoor lounges, you can get a quiet, calm respite from the chaos of the airport while soaking up the sunshine.
At Terminal 4 at New York City’s JFK International Airport, for example, travelers can take in a dramatic view of the Big Apple by relaxing on Delta’s dramatic Sky Deck and enjoying snacks and specialty cocktails. Thom Filicia, the lounge’s designer, said the stylish, luxurious Sky Deck is meant to “elevate the experience of flight.” Delta has opened up a similar Sky Deck at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as well.
On the other side of the globe, the international terminal at Sydney Airport now features the Terrace Bar and Brasserie, which has a spacious indoor and outdoor area decked out in lively colors. Unlike Delta’s Sky Decks, all travelers are welcome to relax in the Terrace Bar and Brasserie free of charge.
In addition to New York City, Atlanta and Sydney, outdoor lounges can now be found at LAX, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Singapore Changi, reports Condé Nast Traveler. These outdoor lounges benefit the airports themselves, as well — studies show that 43% of diners aged 25 to 34 will spend more on drink purchases at outdoor bars and lounges.
For travelers who live in more luxury than even those who fly first class, LAX recently unveiled a $229 million upgrade complete with an anti-paparazzi VIP service for its celebrity passengers.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, celebs can now make their way from the plane to the airport via a Porsche hybrid, which transports them to secret underground exits. VIP passengers also get private shower suites and a premium security service.
“You avoid the entire arrivals process,” says Delta Vice President Ranjan Goswami. “You won’t see TMZ.”
These are just some of the many VIP services today’s airports are offering to road-weary travelers — as long as they’re able to pay for them.