DFW International Airport frequent flyers will soon have the option to pay to ride in luxury to their scheduled flight and utilize private suites and a new lounge.
In partnership with servicer PS, formerly known as the Private Suite, DFW luxury flyers can pay to be driven up to their commercial aircraft and other luxury amenities. On Thursday, the airport’s board approved the lease for a 12,200-square-foot private luxury facility for the company, adjacent to Corporate Aviation at DFW, which will help transfer and screen passengers to their commercial aircraft.
PS launched at Los Angeles International Airport in spring 2017 as the first private terminal for commercial travel in the country. The company will be bringing on a fleet of chauffer-driven private cars, and high-quality food and amenities will be provided by customer request.
Amina Porter, CEO of PS, said that the company had been eying Dallas as a site of expansion for a while. The plan, she said, is to serve every route or airline, domestic or international.
“DFW has been such a pleasure and understood the vision really quickly and got us across the finish line and we’re just so excited to launch here,” Porter told The Dallas Morning News after the airport’s board meeting on Thursday.
She said the airport had all “the right ingredients” for what PS does, including a large city with a population that loves to travel. The goal of the new partnership is to open by spring 2024, and with board approval, Porter said that the company will officially begin the process of hiring for and developing the new service.
“DFW Airport is excited about this newest opportunity to transform travel for our customers as PS brings its unique services to our airport,” said Ken Buchanan, executive vice president of revenue management and customer experience at DFW Airport. “DFW welcomes PS and the opportunity to elevate the customer experience with this unique new option for travelers.”
According to the PS website, an all-access membership has an annual fee of $4,850. There are also fees based on the different types of service that a passenger wants.
So what does a membership get you?
Not only will a provided chauffeured BMW bring passengers to and from the jet bridge stairs of their commercial flight, but it’ll also take care of checked luggage for the passenger, give private TSA and customs clearance and white-glove service before and after flights. There also will be private suites and a private lounge, all designed to be reflective of D-FW.
PS also announced in June an expansion at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is slated to open this year.
It’ll bring 100 new jobs, hiring from the community with an emphasis on diversity, Porter said. The new lease is for 10 years with a five-year option.
Last year, DFW Airport built four new gates in Terminal C, American Airlines’ busiest at the airport. It’s also adding an Eatzi’s Market and Bakery in Terminal D that will open later this summer.
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