- Joe Breitfeller
Alaska Airlines Unveils Major Investment in Seattle and Portland Lounges
Updated: Feb 11, 2022
Alaska Airlines has announced a multi-million dollar investment in the renovation and expansion of their popular lounges in Seattle and Portland. The revitalization of both lounges will begin this spring, with completion expected in 2025-2026.
On Wednesday (February 9, 2022), Alaska Airlines unveiled a multi-million dollar plan to renovate and expand their popular lounges at Seattle and Portland airports. The revitalization of both lounges is scheduled to start this spring, paving the way for completely new spaces in 2025-2026. Today’s announcement is a continuation of Alaska’s dramatic lounge improvements made over the past few years, including the opening of their 15,000 square foot Flagship Lounge at N Concourse in Seattle in 2019 and the carrier’s new location at Terminal 2 in San Francisco last summer.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Alaska Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Guest Experience, Sangita Woerner, said,
“We love that our guests love our Lounges. 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.”
Also commenting on the airline’s major lounge investment, Alaska Airlines’ manager Director of Guest Products, Todd Traynor-Corey, added,
“More and more of our members and guests are traveling again and they appreciate the experience of our Lounges. We want our Lounge members, oneworld elite members, those traveling on a paid First Class ticket and day pass holders to feel a bit pampered when they step inside.”
In Seattle, Alaska will invest nearly $7 million for lounge upgrades in 2022-2023, with the first phase of work in the Concourse C lounge beginning in late spring or early summer. The space will be expanded by 3,000 square feet, accommodating nearly 60 extra seats, as neighboring offices are converted. The lounge will remain open during the construction process, with little impact to guests. The second phase of renovations will take place in the Concourse D lounge, Alaska’s first lounge opened over 40 years ago, marking the first renovation of the space in nearly 20 years. Once the Concourse C lounge opens, the Concourse D lounge will close for six months for a complete overhaul, with a seating expansion of nearly 30 percent, and a new bistro bar. Alaska’s renovated Concourse D lounge in Seattle will then reopen in summer 2023.
Alaska Airlines will also invest nearly $1.5 million in lounge upgrades in Portland, with work starting this spring for completion this summer. Upgrades include a 1,000 square foot expansion with an enclosed patio area that extends into Concourse C and new seating for 30 people, increasing capacity to 100 guests. Alaska is also adding a temporary ‘express lounge’ at the newly renovated Concourse B for guests traveling through the airport. The mini-lounge will open near Gate B2 in summer 2022, with seating for up to 35 guests, and will offer a selection of beverages and light snacks. The all-new Portland lounge will be over 10,000 square feet, and is expected to open between 2025-2026.
Alaska's Portland Concourse C Lounge Patio Extension Rendering - Courtesy Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines operates eight lounges at six airports, including Anchorage, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco and Seattle (three locations). The Alaska Lounge Membership Program offers two options, with Alaska Lounge members receiving access to all Alaska lounges, and Alaska Lounge+ members receiving access to all Alaska lounges and over 90 partner lounges worldwide.
Alaska Airlines and their regional partners serve over 120 destinations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Belize. The sustainability-focused carrier emphasizes Next-Level Care for guests, while offering low fares and award-winning service. Alaska has hubs in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Anchorage. The carrier is a member of the oneworld global alliance, and along with their additional partners, Alaska Airlines’ guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 1,000 global destinations on over 20 airlines. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of the Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK).
Source: Alaska Airlines