May 5 2022  |  Airline & Terminal News

Swissport ramps up lounge openings in US and beyond

By Rick Lundstrom

Swissport's refurbished Aspire Lounge at Sand Diego International Airport

Swissport is accelerating the global expansion of its Aspire Airport Lounges brand, with three additional lounges in the United States.

Between January and March Swissport opened lounges in Perth, Manchester, Geneva and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Swissport currently operates 64 lounges at 38 airports that handle more than 5 million passengers per year.

The fully refurbished former Airspace Lounge at San Diego International Airport opened its doors on February 19 as an Aspire Lounge. It is accessible to all passengers departing from Terminal 2. Two more Aspire lounges will open their doors on May 19 at Terminals 2 and 4 at Ontario International Airport, one of the airports serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area in Southern California.

“We are excited to bring our renowned Aspire lounge brand to the U.S. with three carefully refurbished lounges. The opening of the San Diego and Ontario lounges mark an important milestone in the expansion of our global lounge network,” says Nick Ames, Head of Lounges North America in today’s announcement. “The three U.S. Aspire lounges are open to all travelers irrespective of travel class or airline and offer a dedicated space to relax, refresh and recharge before a flight.”

The San Diego lounge holds up to 126 visitors and features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer exceptional views of the busy airfield. The new delicatessen counter has a central buffet with a wide selection of food and beverages. The lounge also includes shower facilities and a fully equipped business with charging facilities and free Wi-Fi.

Ontario's Aspire lounges, both set to open on May 19, will be located in Terminals 2 and 4 and will be able to accommodate 64 and 54 guests respectively. Each lounge has views of the airfield and will offer a quiet environment where guests can relax before their flight. The usual Aspire lounge amenities, such as tabletop charging and free Wi-Fi, are available. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus include fresh pancakes, smoked bacon and sausages in the morning and a selection of salads, soups and a variety of hot dishes in the afternoon and evening. The Aspire Lounge in Terminal 2 will be open from 5 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. (and until 12 a.m. on Wednesdays). The lounge in Terminal 4 will be open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The lounge is open to all passengers for an admission fee of US$45 per adult.

Visits can be pre-booked. All Aspire Lounges accept various entry methods, including eligible American Express cardholders, Priority Pass, and Dragonpass. Each U.S. Aspire Lounge offers a discounted "thank you" rate for military and emergency personnel of $32 per adult.

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