Airspace opens lounge at JFK T5

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    How do you make a compelling case for an independent airport lounge when the host terminal is widely considered one of the nicest in the country? It is a challenge, to be sure, but one that Airspace took on with their latest facility inside JetBlue‘s flagship terminal 5 (a/ka T5) at JFK airport. And, as company president Anthony Tangorra explains, "What’s interesting about this [terminal] is that it is awesome, so we had to set the bar even higher here."

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    The lounge opens with a soft launch today and it looks like they’ve hit that mark.

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    Access to the lounge is provided for Aer Lingus business class passengers, Gold Circle elites traveling to Ireland, American Express Platinum & Centurion Card holders and anyone else willing to pay the $25-35 access fee. Each guest receives a $10 credit for use at the bar; Aer Lingus customers have a larger array of complimentary offerings. The full menu is available at the Airspace website.

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    So, how do you compete with the array of food offerings available in T5? Airspace is aiming at the quality proposition. Tangorra compares the $25 entry fee to the options in the food court and notes that the incremental cost isn’t very high, while the difference in the food is.


    For just $10 more you’re getting fed better, higher quality food…. For the items on the menu there is no better quality food in this terminal.

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    For the business customer there are additional benefits from the Airspace Lounge. Beyond the business center (including a small conference room and print/scan services) the lounge offers up something T5 generally lacks: quiet space. T5 is fun, but it is decidedly not a quiet terminal. Tangorra hopes that Airspace can provide refuge for the "conference call on a layover" crowd:


    It’ll be hushed quiet in here….[Y]ou can actually spread out on a full table, plug in, space to work, space to relax, get work done.

    And you can do all that with a cold beer, too.


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