A rather unexpected lounge announcement at JFK T5


It seems that, despite JetBlue‘s desire to not operate any airport lounges in their hub facilities there is apparently sufficient demand in their flagship JFK T5 terminal for a lounge to open. AirSpace, the company which currently operates a lounge at BWI and which is opening a lounge in Cleveland next month, will be opening a lounge inside T5; it is expected to open in May 2013.

The lounge will have many of the typical features available at airport lounges, including a bar and snacks/food. It will also have showers, quite useful for a redeye arrival or pre-flight on one of the midnight flights to the Caribbean or evening flights to Europe when Aer Lingus moves in to the terminal later this year. The lounge will be located near Gate 24, towards the end of the terminal where the international expansion construction is taking place. Not much of a surprise there, really.

The lounge lacks windows, which is unfortunate, but I suppose that can be overcome with a free drink (only 1st drink is free with the paid admission) and some food. I happen to think that T5 is one of the best terminals in the USA these days and I’m generally quite happy to sit out in the food court area rather than searching out a lounge, but it is nice to see that the option will be available for those who want it.

Check out the link to Jaunted for some renderings; I’ll see about getting in once it is open to get real world photos.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

7 Comments

  1. Big Win! Love the AirSpace lounge at BWI. I bet it will be even more popular given the higher traffic at JFK T5 compared to BWI and the high number of Amex Plat cardholders in NYC.

  2. Seth, good posting. I think the admission fee seems very reasonable, considering the price of food concessions at an airport. It may be light fare, but I’m sure it will do the trick for most people. Seems like a great idea!

  3. Airspace at BWI allows access with the American Express platinum charge card so hopefully the JFK (and CLE) lounges will to.

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