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A Look at New Club Lounge Offerings in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville

Airport Lounge Development’s pay-as-you-go facilities expand and get new spaces

Airport Lounge Development, a global provider of premium shared-use lounges, is busy creating footprints in well-populated second-tier international airports around the country. Most recently it has announced the expansion of The Club Pittsburgh International. To more than 100 seats, the result of growing traveler demand. The company also opened a new lounge at Jacksonville International Airportin Florida last month.

The newly expanded Club Pittsburgh International features ALD’s signature “zones.” The space continues to feature a Relax Zone with comfortable club-chair seating and power, and the Productivity Zone that includes a community work space, ergonomic task chairs, and U.S. and international electrical outlets and USB ports.

The new Replenish Zone offers a full bar stocked with premium spirits, beers and wines. A Resting Zone has a dedicated quiet space that allows guests a chance to put their feet up in comfortable lounge chairs and relax, and the Refresh Zone provides three private restrooms and private showers. The Club also features an enclosed Privacy Zone, and a Cell Free Zone.

“From 2017 to 2018, the original lounge space experienced a 50 percent increase in guests,” said Nancy Knipp, senior vice president of ALD. “Each month we welcomed over 7,000 guests, a number that exceeded our expectations.”

Similarly, Jacksonville’s Club JAX offers travelers a space to relax and replenish through the lounge’s six signature zones.

Located in Jacksonville Airport’s Main Concourse across from the TSA checkpoint, the nearly 3,000 square-foot lounge provides available seating for up to 52 airport guests. Visitors will enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the runway, providing a front-row view of the daily “air show” of the 125th Fighter Wing of the Florida Air National Guard, stationed at Jacksonville International Airport. The Club JAX reflects the same fresh and modern styling available throughout all our lounge spaces while reflecting a “sense of place” with featured photography of Jacksonville landmarks captured in award-winning photography by local artist, Mark Krancer. Available in all lounges are six signature zones where guests can tailor their experience around their unique needs:

•A Relax Zone – enjoy comfortable club-chair seating and ottomans with reading lamps and power.

• A Productivity Zone – dedicated to guests who want to get some work done, this working area includes a desk-height counter, ergonomic task chairs, and an abundance of U.S. and international electrical outlets and USB ports. The lounge has complimentary computer, printer or “privacy” seating to conduct quiet phone calls or read.

• A Kids Zone – kids can stay entertained in a special area designed just for them and enjoy dedicated television programming and iPads available for games and art projects>

• A Replenish Zone – enjoy a dining area provisioned with a selection of premium food and beverages from the lounge’s seasonal hot and cold buffet, as well as a variety of all-day snack items. A separate bar area allows guests to enjoy complimentary cocktails and premium spirits as well as other refreshing, non-alcoholic options. Guests can enjoy the tastes of Jacksonville through artfully crafted cocktails and a local beers list developed exclusively for The Club JAX by celebrated chef-mixologist, Kathy Casey. A signature cocktail for the lounge will include local favorite Manifest Distilling’s Citrus Vodka and familiar brews of North Florida: Veterans United, Engine 15 and Green Room.

• A Resting Zone – dedicated quiet space featuring chairs with ottomans for guests to rest and recharge ahead of their flight.

• A Refresh Zone – provides two private restrooms and a private spa-inspired shower.

“At ALD we are excited to expand our global lounge offerings in Florida beyond our two locations at Orlando International Airport, with The Club JAX as our sixteenth U.S. lounge to open,” said Nancy Knipp, Senior Vice President of ALD. “The Club JAX will provide Jacksonville travelers a premium lounge experience, regardless of their airline or class of ticket.”

The provider of premium shared-use lounges has more plans. These include a second location planned at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, joining The Club SJC in Terminal A. Also:

• The Club CHS at Charleston International Airport

• The Club at Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The company recently saw the opening of Club LAS at Las Vegas McCarren International Airport in April and announced plans for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Terminal D,

The Club Pittsburgh International is available to Priority Pass members along with LoungeKey and Lounge Club which represents a number of credit cards, banks and other financial institutions. Other travelers can purchase a day pass at a cost of $40. The lounge is open daily from 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Club LAX runs from 4:40 AM to 9:30 pm.

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