clrd4t8koff wrote:FGITD wrote:I don’t know what the plan is anymore, but pre-covid the lounges were spoken for. These days…not so much.
The thing about lounges is that they are massively expensive to lease and operate. Staffing, catering, cleaning etc all outsourced but costly. Plus the fees, and the time attributed to running the lounge. Most of the foreign carriers in BOS have minimal staff, and a lounge requires so much more work to keep everything running. Usually you need a manager dedicated just to that. And that gets tricky when you’re turning 3-4 flights a day with 4 staff total.
And there’s no real incentive in most cases to use a partner airline lounge because depending on their costs, you end up paying more per passenger.
So take IB for example. Close partner with BA, but BA wants to charge them $110 per passenger (made up but not super unrealistic numbers, I load planes not lounges so I’m spitballing here)
LH on the other hand offers them a deal, $75 per passenger. Branding and alliances be damned, you’re saving money on every passenger so you take the deal.
Whoever has the most customers can offer the lowest prices, but at the sacrifice of crowding
And also that CX a350 was here 2 days, left last night, and that’s the end of CX operations once again…for now
I think in the example you gave you meant AF instead of LH? At least when I flew out last Friday and used the AF lounge it was also filled with IB passengers.
Yes that would be correct. I think the AF lounge has the most customers (in terms of airlines) overall.