T+L Reports: Airport Lounges
Published: May 2009
These days, you barely have to leave the plane to hit the nightlife scene. Right across from the Salzburg airport's main entrance, the just-opened Hangar-7 (43-6/622-197; www.hangar-7.com) is drawing crowds as much for its collection of vintage aircraft as for its Austrian dishes. A rare B-25J Mitchell, a T-28B Trojan, and the last Douglas DC-6B ever built take over half of the glass-and-steel hangar. Overlooking the fuselage, the Ikarus restaurant (dinner for two $148) is supervised by German culinary legend Eckart Witzigmann, who will welcome a procession of celebrity chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Gray Kunz to help in the kitchen. • On this side of the Atlantic, Virgin has just cut the ribbon on its Clubhouse at Kennedy Airport's Terminal 4, accessible to Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members. The 7,000-square-foot lounge, designed by TriBeCa-based Shop, drowns out jet propulsion with the white noise of a waterfall and has Sony PlayStations to entertain frequent fliers with time to kill, as well as Pierre Paulin and Eames chairs in which to enjoy Bombay Sapphire martinis. Departure announcements, thankfully, are broadcast, so guests lingering in the Clubhouse's Dornbracht shower won't lose track of time.
—Michael Hannwacker and Heidi Mitchell