Palm Beach airport to get new VIP lounge
Commissioners OK’d construction on 3K-square-foot space
Palm Beach International Airport has free Wi-Fi, a cellphone waiting lot, three Starbucks and a spa. But it lacks an amenity that some frequent fliers crave: a VIP lounge.
That’s about to change. Palm Beach County commissioners have approved construction of a new, 3,000-square-foot, common-use lounge in the airport’s Concourse B. Here’s what you can expect when you get VIP treatment.
Q.: What will I get if I use the lounge?
A.: Amenities are set to include snacks and beverages, including wine, beer and liquor. There will be an extra charge for high-end food and premium alcohol. There also will be comfortable chairs, work stations, internet access, televisions and newspapers.
Q.: How much will it cost? A.: A day pass will be $45. Members of lounge networks, such as Priority Pass or LoungeBuddy, will also have access, said Laura Beebe, a deputy director in Palm Beach County’s Department of Airports.
Q.: Who will I be hanging out with?
A.: “This is mostly for people who have long layovers,” County Commissioner Steven Abrams said. “We have a nice airport; it’s not horrendous to sit at the gate. But this will allow people to plug in their phones, get comfortable, write things down. It’s an additional level of privacy.”
Q.: Who’s making money on this?
A.: The operator, Gideon Toal Management Services, will pay the airport either
$65,000 a year or 10 percent of revenues from the lounge and
16 percent of premium alcohol
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