New York JFK is one of Emirates’ biggest outstations, as the airline operates 4x daily A380 flights between New York and Dubai. Three of them operate nonstop, while one operates via Milan.
Emirates operates their own lounges at many of their outstations as a way of controlling the passenger experience as much as possible. While it’s sometimes surprising to me that they operate a lounge at airports where they have one flight a day, it’s a no brainer at an airport like JFK. Each Emirates A380 has 90 first & business class seats, meaning that JFK potentially has up to 360 premium passengers per day who are eligible for lounge access, not accounting for the elite members in economy who get access, or guests of premium passengers. So I imagine on a day where all four flights are full, 500 people could easily be eligible for lounge access.
With that in mind, Emirates is renovating their JFK lounge, and in order to do so, they’re having to close it down for some amount of time. The Emirates Lounge JFK closed on September 1, 2017, and will be closed until “early 2018.” Per an email sent to passengers:
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