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Unsurprisingly considering we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, a large proportion of airport lounges have been closed for the past few months, and the small minority of elites/premium cabin passengers still flying have often had to make do with an empty gate area as a place to relax before a flight. Now, as people slowly start to return to the skies, lounges are opening up again and a few creature comforts are gradually being made available once again.
Delta managed to keep approximately 15 of its Sky Clubs open for most of the current crisis and, so far in July, the airline has reopened a further 4 Sky Clubs and is promising to reopen at least 3 more before the end of the month.
Delta Sky Clubs Currently Open
- Atlanta (ATL – ACPT)
- Atlanta (ATL – A17)
- Atlanta (ATL – B18)
- Atlanta (ATL – D27)
- Atlanta (ATL – F)
- Boston (BOS – A7)
- Denver (DEN – A) – Newly Reopened
- Detroit (DTW – A38)
- LaGuardia (LGA – C)
- LaGuardia (LGA – D)
- Los Angeles (LAX – T2)
- Miami (MIA – H/J) – Newly Reopened
- Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP – F/G)
- New York (JFK – T4)
- Orlando (MCO – 4) – Newly Reopened
- Phoenix (PHX – T3) – Newly Reopened
- Seattle (SEA – A)
- Salt Lake City (SLC)
- Washington D.C. (DCA – B15)
Delta Sky Club Locations Opening In July
- Chicago O’Hare (E Concourse)
- Nashville (BNA – B3)
- San Francisco (SFO – C3)
Changes To Sky Clubs
With the current pandemic showing little sign of easing, Delta has introduced a series of measures it hopes will help keep guests and customers safe as travel starts to grow. These measures include the following:
- Food buffets have been modified with grab & go style, individually packaged fresh food options like yogurt, fruit, muffins, pastries, salads, hummus and pita chips, and sandwiches.
- Plexiglass partitions have been added at check-in, at the bar, and between café tables.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers have been added near high-traffic and high-touch areas.
- Eligible American Express Card Members and existing Club Members can use “MyWallet” in the Fly Delta App to access digital cards for entry as Delta tries to promote a “touchless check-in experience”.
- The number of guests allowed to share the club at any one time had been limited and select seats within the clubs have been blocked to promote social distancing.
- Special seating areas have been allocated for families traveling together.
- All guests and employees are expected to wear masks in the Sky Clubs (if you have an issue with this and a mask doesn’t pose a genuine danger to your health please read this…and then read this)
- Guests will find new decals on the floors designed to remind them to maintain extra space where at all possible.
As things stand, Delta has 19 of its US Sky Club locations open and is promising to reopen at least 3 more by the end of the month. The arrangements inside the Sky Clubs will almost certainly seem very different from the ones we were used to before the world closed down but an open Sky Club is always going to be better than a gate area so travelers will probably adapt pretty quickly.