GSP, MAG USA to open new airport lounge in fall of 2018

GREER, SC—Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) will be the fifth U.S. airport for a premium common use airport lounge designed by MAG USA. The company will invest more than $1 million in the 2,500 sq. ft. Escape Lounge.

The lounge will open in the fall of 2018. It will include hot and cold food and beverage choices, comfortable seating, high-speed wi-fi and up-to-the-second flight information. 

“This Escape Lounge will allow us to offer all passengers a premium sanctuary after the security checkpoint and before boarding their flight,” said Dave Edwards, GSP’s president and CEO. “It’s important for us to create an enjoyable airport experience from ticket purchase to destination. This lounge will contribute to that experience.”

MAG_Floor_Plan.jpgEach Escape Lounge’s food offerings are developed by an award-winning local chef, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The search for GSP’s esteemed chef is underway across the Upstate. MAG_Rendering_1.jpg

“We are thrilled to be a part of the continued expansion in passenger amenities at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport,” said Rosemarie Andolino, president and CEO of MAG USA. “Our Escape Lounge will deliver the flavors of the local community which has firmly placed itself on the map as a foodie destination.”

Escape Lounges are part of the American Express Global Lounge Collection, which gives American Express Platinum Card® members complimentary access, along with two guests, to all U.S. locations. Others wishing to enjoy the lounge can pay $45, plus tax. Reservations made online at EscapeLounges.com prior to arrival receive a $5 discount.

“GSP is excited to work with a respected partner, like MAG, while creating a unique experience for our passengers that will celebrate the South Carolina Upstate’s cuisine,” said Scott Carr, GSP’s vice president of commercial business and communications.

MAG_Rendering_2.jpgGreenville-based Mavin Construction is the contractor for the project.

This is the fifth major contract win for MAG USA following existing Escape Lounges already open in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Oakland International Airport (OAK), Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and Bradley International Airport (BDL).

About Escape Lounges
Escape Lounge is a premier airport lounge concept available to all ticketed passengers on any carrier. Escape was started in the 1980’s with a lounge in Manchester Airport, UK, and has since grown to 10 lounges with U.S. locations currently in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Oakland International Airport (OAK), Bradley International Airport (BDL), and Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). | EscapeLounges.com

MAG USA, launched in 2015, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Manchester Airport Group, U.K. (MAG). MAG USA is focused on bringing Escape Lounges, commercial parking products and P3, public-private partnerships, retail and terminal developments that transform the passenger experience to U.S. airports. MAG is the UK’s leading airport group which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports, together with MAG Property, a commercial property division. MAG’s aim is to become a global leader in airport management, products and services, and it currently employs over 4,500 people, annually serves approximately 50 million passengers and handles 650,000 tonnes of air freight. MAG is managed on behalf of its shareholders who include Manchester City Council (35.5%), IFM Investors (35.5%) and the nine other Greater Manchester local authorities (29%). Learn more at: MagWorld.com

About Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is conveniently located between Greenville and Spartanburg, along I-85. More than 2.1 million passengers per year are served by six major airlines offering 50-plus nonstop daily departures to 19 destinations around the United States. A connection in one of these cities makes access to the world easy from GSP. Learn more at: GSPAirport.com