MAG USA's Oakland Escape Lounge opens to BA premium passengers
MAG USA's Escape Lounge will extend complimentary lounge access to British Airways' Club World and Gold and Silver Executive Club members travelling to London Gatwick from Oakland International Airport (OAK) when the UK carrier's new direct service starts today.
Escape Lounge at Oakland International is operated by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) USA, a subsidiary of the largest UK-owned airport group.
Made in Chelsea star Stephanie Pratt (above) - who went to college in San Francisco - was at British Airways’ new lounge at Gatwick to celebrate BA’s new route to Oakland, San Francisco Bay and its fifth service from London to the 'golden state'.
The new Escape Lounge at OAK opened in late 2016 following successful common-use Escape airport lounge launches at Minneapolis-St.Paul (MSP) and Bradley (BDL) in Hartford, CT. It will offer eligible British Airways customers a relaxing atmosphere with stylish and contemporary furnishings together with an extensive complimentary food menu featuring locally-inspired dishes created in partnership with Oakland-based chef, Chris Pastena.
Owner of established Bay Area restaurants Chop Bar, Lungomare and Calavera, Pastena brings more than 25 years’ experience to the creation of the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at Escape Lounge. A wide range of unlimited complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including local coffee brand RoastCo; flight information screens; free high-speed Wi-Fi and a selection of newspapers and magazines are available in the lounge.
Escape Lounge is located post-security just after Gate 8 and is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rosemarie Andolino, President and CEO of MAG USA said: “We are delighted to partner with British Airways. Today’s airline customers are seeking quality and affordable upgrades to their daily lives, and Escape Lounge at OAK ensures British Airways’ Club World and Gold and Silver Executive Club members traveling through Oakland International Airport now have access to an airport lounge where they can relax and recharge while enjoying award-winning, local chef-inspired cuisine to enhance their travel experience. High quality common-use airport lounges are important in supporting route development for international airlines.”
Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland Director of Aviation at Oakland International Airport stated, “Today’s announcement is one that we make with a great deal of excitement. Bringing British Airways to Oakland is not only a major advancement for the Airport, but also for the entire East Bay and Wine Country. The airport has enjoyed over three consecutive years of passenger traffic growth, including the addition of several new domestic and international destinations as well as new airlines, such as British Airways. This expanded service to the top European destination reflects the ever increasing opportunities and convenience available for travelers to and from Oakland and the Bay Area at large.”
Simon Brooks, Senior Vice President Sales, North America, said: “We are really excited to connect Oakland to London - the UK has never been more affordable. "