February 14 2022  |  Airline & Terminal News

Alaska Airlines plans improvements at SEA and PDX lounges

By Rick Lundstrom

A rendering of the new Alaska Airlines Lounge planned for Portland International Airport

Alaska Airlines plans renovations and expansions of its most popular Lounges with plans for all-new locations at Seattle and Portland airports in the coming years.

The revitalization of two current Lounges – scheduled to start this spring – will eventually pave the way for completely new spaces in 2025-26.

"We love that our guests love our Lounges," said Sangita Woerner, senior vice president of marketing and guest experience at Alaska Airlines, in a recent announcement. "We work hard to create relaxing places for our guests to kick back and unwind or get some work done with a hand-crafted espresso or a local beer and something delicious to eat. Our members also know our lounge program is one of the best values in the airline industry and that keeps them coming back."

A look at the planned Alaska Airlines Mezzanine Lounge at D Concourse at SEA

At SEA the airline is investing US $7 million and the first phase of the C Concourse Lounge is scheduled to begin in late spring or early summer. Alaska Airlines plans to add nearly 60 seats as the overall space grows and an additional 3,000 square feet by converting adjacent offices. The lounge will remain open during construction.

The second phase of renovations targets the Lounge in D Concourse which will receive its first renovation in nearly 20 years. After the expanded space in C Concourse Lounge opens, the airline plans a six-month closure and total overhaul of the D Concourse Lounge. When it re-opens, it will be with 30 percent more seating ding new product features and a better flow. This location will also receive a new bistro bar located near the lounge entrance, making it easier for guests to grab a hand-crafted espresso drink. It's set to reopen in early summer 2023.

As part of the Port of Seattle's C Concourse Expansion Project, the opening of an all-new, a 20,000-square-foot Alaska Lounge is on the radar for 2026. It would eventually become the primary Lounge for passengers departing from C and D Concourses.

At PDX Alaska Airlines is investing nearly US $1.5 million in its long in 2022. The airline is adding 1,000 square feet, with an enclosed patio area that extends into Concourse C. With new seating for 30 people, the total seating capacity will go to 100. Work begins in the spring and it's scheduled to be completed this summer. During the renovation, the current Lounge will remain open to guests.

The airline is adding a temporary 'express lounge' at the Concourse B. The lounge is scheduled to open in the summer with seating for up to 35 people near Gate B2, offering guests a selection of beverages and light snacks before their flights.

The new lounge is currently scheduled to open 2025-26. It's expected to be more than 10,000 square feet.

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