GSP’s Escape Lounge is among the first at a U.S. airport

Thursday, October 25, 2018 12:00 pm

by Dudley Brown

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s (GSP) first-class offerings have expanded with the opening of its new MAG USA Escape Lounge. The airport is the fifth in the United States selected for the concept, which began in the United Kingdom. MAG USA invested more than $1 million into the lounge, which features a hot and cold menu designed by the Rick Erwin Dining Group as well as a full bar.

“This will be an experience that most travelers have not had in terms of quality,” said Dave Edwards, GSP’s president and CEO. “The lounge has a look, feel and food that make it stand out. It is an impressive space and offering for any airport, but especially for one that is the size of GSP.”

The 2,500-square-foot lounge has comfortable seating, high-speed Wi-Fi and up-to-the-second flight information.

“GSP is a beautiful airport that is experiencing tremendous growth and we’re honored to be a part of the excitement,” said Rosemarie Andolino, MAG USA (Escape Lounge’s parent company) CEO and president. “We commend them for delivering an elevated guest experience for each and every traveler that enters the airport.”

A lounge has been an item on the wish list for many traveling through GSP.

“This lounge not only meets a common desire requested by GSP’s customers, including those traveling for business, but it’s being done in collaboration with an internationally respected partner in MAG,” said Scott Carr, GSP’s vice president of commercial business and communications. “We look forward to exceeding the expectations that many customers had for a lounge at GSP.”

The lounge is open 90 minutes before each day’s first scheduled departure through the last actual departure. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu consists of South Carolina favorites, including pimento cheese sandwiches, she-crab soup, shrimp and grits and local ingredients, like Clemson bleu cheese and peaches grown in the Palmetto state.

"We are excited about this opportunity to partner with GSP and MAG to deliver a truly unique experience at our airport,” said Rick Erwin, owner of Rick Erwin Dining Group. “You can bet something special is going to happen when three different companies come together and share the same values of Innovation, Creativity and Quality. This is a great step for GSP and we couldn't be more proud to be one of their culinary partners."

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.

Escape Lounges can also be found at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Oakland International Airport (OAK), Bradley International Airport (BDL) and Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). More lounges are in the planning stages.
Greenville-based Mavin Construction served as the contractor for the lounge at GSP.

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 About MAG USA 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 2.2 million passengers per year are served by six major airlines offering 50-plus non-stop daily departures to 19 destinations around the United States.
A connection in one of these cities makes access to the world easy from GSP. The airport is also a hub for air cargo, including goods and parts regularly flown to and from Europe and Mexico. Learn more at gspairport.com.

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