Escape Lounge opening at Oakland International Airport this summer.
OAK’s Escape Lounge Features Local Eats Inspired by Chef Chris Pastena
Nov. 18, 2016 (Oakland, Calif.) – MAG USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MAG – the largest UK-owned airport group, announced today the opening of Escape Lounge at Oakland International Airport (OAK). The newest common-use lounge, which joins MAG USA’s current lineup of Escape Lounges in Minneapolis and Hartford, is accessible to all OAK passengers, post-security just after Gate 8.
For an admission fee of $45* per customer, all airline passengers traveling through OAK have the opportunity to take advantage of stylish and contemporary furnishings; an extensive complimentary locally inspired menu; a wide array of unlimited complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including local coffee brand RoastCo; flight information screens; free high-speed Wi-Fi; a relaxed atmosphere; and a selection of newspapers and magazines. Lounge admission maybe be reserved and pre-booked online at www.escapelounges.com for $40*. Premium cabin customers of Norwegian Airlines flying non-stop from OAK to London-Gatwick, Oslo, Stockholm and Barcelona will receive complimentary use of Escape Lounge.
“As home to one of the first Escape Lounges in the US, we are thrilled to partner with MAG USA to offer this luxury experience to customers at Oakland International,” said Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland at Oakland International Airport. “We are expecting to serve over 12 million passengers this year, and the Escape Lounge offers an opportunity to enjoy an affordable and luxurious airport lounge with the artful menu offerings of one of our city’s most popular culinary artists.”
The OAK menu for Escape Lounge was created in partnership with Oakland-based Chef Chris Pastena, who brings over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry to the development of the breakfast, lunch and dinner options for lounge users. In tying to the local spirit of the city, Pastena is putting a creative stamp on the food options while sourcing many local ingredients from the Bay Area. Pastena has been a staple in the Bay Area food scene for decades and currently owns Chop Bar, Lungomare and Calavera in Oakland.
“MAG USA is pleased to open the first airport lounge at Oakland International Airport and offer all passengers a convenient, affordable premium lounge experience,” said Rosemarie Andolino, President and CEO of MAG USA. “Passengers traveling through the East Bay will now have access to an airport lounge where they can relax and recharge while enjoying award-winning, local chef-inspired cuisine to enhance their travel experience.”
The Escape Lounge opening at OAK follows MAG USA’s first lounge opening at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Bradley International Airport (BDL) near Hartford.
Escape Lounge is open each day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information or to pre-book your admission prior to arrival, visit www.escapelounges.com. From Nov. 21 to Dec. 31, Escape Lounge at OAK will offer travelers a daily promotion to win ten free entry passes. Passengers with boarding passes in and around the OAK terminals will receive Facebook ads offering the chance to click and download one of the offer codes. Ten winners per day will have the opportunity to experience the lounge.
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3rd December 2015
Manchester, UK: MAG, owner of the third and fourth largest airports in the United Kingdom (Manchester and London Stansted), today announces that its USA subsidiary, MAG USA, has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate an Escape Lounge at Oakland International Airport (IATA: OAK).
The contract, awarded by the airport’s owner, Port of Oakland, is the second major contract win for the new MAG USA business.
OAK is the second largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area, welcoming approximately 11 million passengers each year.
MAG USA will invest more than $2 million in the 2,700 sqft Escape Lounge, which is scheduled to open in June 2016. For a fee, all passengers at OAK will be able to take advantage of stylish and contemporary furnishings, complimentary food and drinks, free Wi-Fi, a relaxed atmosphere, and a selection of newspapers and magazines.
Rosemarie Andolino, President and CEO of MAG USA, said: "We are delighted to be working with Oakland International Airport to bring our first Escape Lounge to the West Coast. The Oakland International Airport leadership should be commended for their commitment to offering travellers new amenities to enhance their travel experience. Oakland is a vibrant and growing airport that plays a vital role in the San Francisco Bay Area economy.
"Increasingly, consumers seek simple and affordable upgrades to their daily lives and Escape Lounges provide the opportunity to do just that. What better way to begin your travel experience than by enjoying high quality food and refreshment, free Wi-Fi and newspapers in a relaxed, comfortable and contemporary environment separate from the inevitable noise and crowds of gate areas.
"Common-use airport lounges are still a new concept in North America and we look forward to working with more airports as they improve their passenger amenities, not just in lounges but also in other areas of retail."
Kristi McKenney, Acting Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland, said: "We are pleased to partner with MAG USA to offer the Escape Lounge experience to our customers. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a broad range of palates, and we appreciate being able to provide affordable luxury with a local flair to people living and traveling in one of the world’s most popular destinations.
"The airport is enjoying a sustained period of growth in passenger traffic, and we are offering more airlines and destinations than ever before. The new Escape Lounge will be a perfect addition."
This follows MAG USA’s first Escape Lounge in the USA at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport (MSP). The lounge at MSP is due to open on December 7th.
MAG already operates five Escape Lounges across its four U.K. airports, along with the new lounge at MSP, collectively serving over 500,000 passengers per year. MAG’s award-winning Escape Lounges are part of the company’s ‘little slices of luxury’ which it offers to its passengers across its UK airports and now in the US.
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