United Airways will quickly have a Polaris Lounge in each home hub airport.
The airline’s solely home hub with out a Polaris Lounge is Denver Worldwide Airport (DEN), however that’s going to vary “in a few years,” in keeping with CEO Scott Kirby.
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The brand new Polaris Lounge shall be situated between Gates A18 and A20 within the new Concourse A-West extension that just lately opened.
Development on the Polaris Lounge hasn’t began, however the airline is seemingly far sufficient alongside within the planning course of for Kirby to make Tuesday’s large announcement.
“We’re standing within the space that can … develop into in a few years the brand new Polaris membership,” Kirby stated as he took the stage on the “United Subsequent in Denver” occasion on Tuesday.
Kirby’s remarks coincide with United’s main Denver-focused growth introduced earlier on Tuesday morning. It consists of 35 new flights, six new routes, three new and revamped United Golf equipment, 12 new gates and rather more.
Rising in Denver has lengthy been a precedence for United. The airline faces stiff competitors within the native market from Southwest Airways, which has additionally been increasing within the Mile Excessive Metropolis each earlier than and throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
However whereas the Denver growth is nice information for these primarily based within the metropolis or connecting by means of it, the service will quickly rejoice a milestone that’s been a very long time coming.
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United debuted its first Polaris Lounge in Chicago in late 2016, and it has since opened these business-class-only areas in Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
The lone home holdout was Denver, and it wasn’t clear if United would ever construct a Polaris Lounge there. That’s as a result of Denver’s long-haul service has largely been restricted to a handful of routes to key cities, equivalent to London and Tokyo.
However in fact, loads of flyers begin their Polaris journey in Denver, so having this premium lounge area shall be an enormous addition to the community and the airport.
No different particulars concerning the Denver Polaris Lounge have been introduced on Tuesday, however we’ll make sure to hold this story up to date as we study extra.
Within the close to time period, Denver flyers can get enthusiastic about three new and revamped golf equipment opening shortly. Two will open this summer season — one in A-West and one other in B-East — whereas the ultimate one in B-West shall be prepared in 2024.
Altogether, United could have practically 100,000 sq. ft of lounge area in Denver — a serious growth in comparison with the present footprint.
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The service has teased Colorado-themed facilities and seating areas all through the brand new and revamped golf equipment. The 2 lounges in Concourse B will every measure 36,500 sq. ft, making them the 2 largest within the United Membership community.
Notably, Denver can be residence to the airline’s first (and solely) Membership Fly, a small outpost designed for these with brief connections. United Membership Fly presents a choice of grab-and-go snacks and drinks, together with a small espresso bar.