As airlines are starting to reopen routes and things are slowly getting back to normal, many airlines are also starting to reopen their lounges. Just recently, British Airways reopened a pair of lounges at London Heathrow Airport, and other carriers such as American Airlines are making similar moves. Delta Air Lines is now the next US airline to do so.
During the month of July, Delta will reopen its lounges at:
- Chicago (E Concourse)
- San Francisco
The carrier has made a number of changes to its lounge operations to ensure the safety of both passengers and staff. The seven Sky Club locations that will reopen in this month are in addition to Sky Clubs that are already operating.
According to Delta, with a modified seating capacity, new cleaning procedures, a modified bar experience and individually packaged food, the airline is confident that guests will still enjoy the lounge while minimizing their chances of getting sick.
To encourage contactless check-in experience, eligible American Express Card Members and existing Club Members can use MyWallet in the Fly Delta App to access digital cards for entry into the lounge.
Delta Sky Clubs will have limited capacity with more seats blocked off as a way to promote social distancing. There will also be areas designated for families traveling together. In addition, there will be a handful of measures to prevent the spread of the virus - these include the requirement for masks and placement of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the lounge.
Food service will be modified, and guests will receive pre-packaged items such as sandwiches, fruit, muffins, hummus and pita chips and pastries. Delta has also added Plexiglass partitions at check-in, at the bar and between café tables.
While there is no set timetable, the seven lounges will reopen progressively in the month of July and will join a handful of clubs that stayed open during the pandemic. Over the coming months, more lounges should continue to open back up.