BALTIMORE (AP) — Travis Riner ordered a vodka and soda, grabbed a quick snack and headed to an empty plush banquette in the “Relax Zone” of the Club BWI, a new passenger lounge at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. He plugged in his laptop and used the complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi as he prepared to hop on his conference call while waiting to board a flight to Orlando.
For $40 a day, Riner and other passengers have access to the private lounge and all its amenities — free snacks, cocktails, daily papers and charging stations. For an additional $10, guests of the Club BWI also have access to Roam Fitness, a full-service workout and shower facility, which opened its first location in the country at the airport in January.
These new facilities are among BWI’s growing offerings for a luxury travel experience, along with a slew of craft cocktail bars, elevated dining options and upscale shopping venues. The efforts are an attempt to provide a better travel experience for customers while attracting new passengers from nearby, competing airports in larger cities such as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., according to BWI officials.
The airport, which saw a record 2.3 million passengers in May, is following in the footsteps of larger hubs, like Boston’s Logan International Airport, with its numerous fine-food offerings from James Beard Award-winning chef Todd English; San Francisco International Airport, which hosts a science, art and culture museum along with Gucci, Burberry and Swarovski stores; and Los Angeles International Airport, which recently opened a “celebrity terminal” with a private TSA screening lounge, BMW sedan shuttle service, private bathrooms and daybeds.
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