Friday 20 October 2017

First Look: Dublin Airport unveils luxury US Preclearance lounge

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51st & Green, Dublin Airport
51st & Green, Dublin Airport
51st & Green, Dublin Airport
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Dublin Airport has opened a new passenger lounge, 51st & Green, after US Preclearance in Terminal 2.

The lounge is open to business class passengers, and those holding airline club cards, on transatlantic flights with Aer Lingus, Delta, United and American Airlines.

51st & Green will boost Dublin's competitive advantage as a connecting hub at a time when the US Department of Homeland Security is exploring the expansion of Preclearance facilities at several airports, including Heathrow and Manchester.

Inspired by Newgrange, the 750-square-metre space is entered via a 32-metre corridor featuring terrazzo tiles spaced with bronze strips. A bright, open space seats up to 180 people, with dramatic views of the airfield.

Food and drink facilities, a concierge service, luxury shower rooms and an entertainment area with sports channels are all available to guests.

The lounge is the latest in a series of improvements at the airport, which have recently included self-service bag drop machines, major upgrades to airside amenities and an ongoing, €10 million revamp of Terminal 1's facade and Arrivals Hall.

51st & Green, Dublin Airport
51st & Green, Dublin Airport

"Dublin Airport now ranks fifth among EU airports for route frequency to North America," said Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.

He added that Dublin is the only airport outside of North America to offer a lounge facility to passengers that have completed Preclearance checks.

Almost five million passengers have used Dublin Airport’s US Preclearance facility since 2011, and the airport is gaining increasing traction as a hub - with connecting passengers up 28pc so far this year.

Dublin handles a daily average of almost 40 transatlantic flights.

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