With a focus on meeting business traveler needs, officials at the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority discussed a plan for building a workspace/lounge at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township.
The discussion, which took place at the May 22 board meeting, outlined some basic elements of the plan, which is still in the preliminary stages.
The goal is to provide a physical space located in the Gate 6 area for people to go if their flight is delayed or they need a space to work. The authority is hoping it would be monitored by internal staff at no cost, said Susan Kittle, director of business development for the authority. The authority is looking at the potential of making it part of a rewards program for travelers, said Kittle.
Frank Kovacs, chairman of the board's economic development committee, said he is trying to keep the costs, if any, to a minimum.
Charles Everett, executive director for the authority, said the airport concept is to provide a lounge comparable to the lounges found at major airlines. The goal is to establish the area for frequent fliers, both business and leisure travelers who can access computers, copiers, refreshments and other amenities.
“We have been in the scoping process to locate a space in our departure terminal,” said Everett. “We are talking with some companies we have leases with that might be interested in establishing partnerships.”Doing so would help alleviate some of the fiscal constraints of the airport, said Everett. He said the authority should know how they will proceed within the next few months and hope by next year to unveil the new facility.