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MAG to open second Escape Lounge at Oakland International Airport

Manchester Airport Group subsidiary, MAG USA, has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate an Escape Lounge at Oakland International Airport.

The contract, awarded by the US airport’s owner, the Port of Oakland, is the second major contract win for the new MAG USA business.

As a result, MAG USA will invest more than $2 million in the 2,700 sqft Escape Lounge, which is scheduled to open in June 2016.

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, says: “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.”

Oakland's Escape Lounge will become the second in the US following the planned opening of the first at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport (MSP) on Monday. December 7th.

• MAG today announced the interim results for the first half of its financial year ending September 2015, which it claims shows strong growth all round.

CEO, Charlie Cornish, says: “The first half of the year has seen sustained growth; outperforming our challenging targets in many areas with record numbers of passengers using our airports. 

“Our group operating model continues to deliver benefits and support our airports in competing to attract new passengers and airlines.

“This has been our busiest summer ever and as we approach the milestone of handling 50 million passengers a year, we are responding to changes in the way people want to travel by giving them the opportunity to upgrade their airport experience and begin their journeys in style. Our offerings in this area are driving strong growth in our retail revenues.

“Our Escape Lounges, in particular, have been a real hit with passengers in the UK, and we are now exporting the concept to the USA, with our first lounge opening in Minneapolis-St Paul next week, which we expect will be the first of many across North America."

He adds: "MAG airports continue to be true growth engines for their regions, employing thousands of people and generating significant economic activity in the wider economy.

“They also continue to offer choice and competition for passengers, providing the direct services that passengers want to see from their local airport. A network of competing airports across the country provides the best solution for customers and also contributes hugely to the growth of UK PLC. At a time when other airports are running out of capacity, our airports provide a solution to the UK’s aviation needs both now and in the future. 

“We have confidence in the group's long term prospects and I look forward to a successful second half of the year.”

Ken O’Toole, Manchester Airport MD, notes: "It has been a really positive year for Manchester Airport, which has contributed to a strong set of half year results for MAG.

"It was great to be able to announce last month that passenger numbers reached an all-time high of 23 million and we are set to see even more growth in 2016, as direct long haul services to destinations including Los Angeles, Boston and Beijing get underway.

"Manchester is currently the UK's third busiest airport, serving the needs of the 22 million people who live within our catchment area. In many cases, we are connecting them to parts of the world they cannot access via any other UK airport outside of London.

"We see ourselves as being at the heart of efforts to re-balance the UK economy through the creation of a Northern Powerhouse and, with spare capacity in our runways, we are well-placed to deliver more growth at a time when others in the South East are heavily congested.

"To ensure we can continue to be an economic generator, we are investing in our airport, most notably through the £1 billion Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, which was announced in June.

"This phased development will future-proof the airport for subsequent generations, ensuring a world-class service for all our users - airlines, passengers and retail partners to name a few."


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