5 Airports That Are Developing Top-Level Wellness Spaces

By Published On: July 22, 20224 min read

When it comes to airports nowadays, it’s overwhelming. Travel is back to pre-pandemic levels, and many airlines are suffering from employee shortages. Over 12,000 flights were canceled across the country during the July fourth weekend alone, due to weather and staffing shortages. Traveling at airports — even with Covid-19 restrictions eased — is stressful, due to long security lineups, vaccination checks and the sheer volume of summer travelers.

Here are five airports across the country changing the game with their wellness amenities. From Los Angeles to New York, this is where you can get a massage, a yoga mat or simply a cup of herbal tea.

1. PS LAX at Los Angeles International Airport

PS is LA airport’s ultimate ticket to luxury — from airport arrival to takeoff, every step is private and curated for travelers. This private lounge is away from the crowds, lineups and general airport stress. This cozy, earth tone-hued salon has a full-service lounge with access to chef-prepared meals and an elegant bar. The space boasts an expansive, semi-private outdoor garden and a team of dedicated “PS Agents” available for on-call service.

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Among PS’ on-site wellness amenities, there is the “PS x Allure Beauty Cart” available in their Suite bathrooms, offering face serums, shampoo, conditioner, body oil, and hydrating face masks from brands like BeautyCounter, R+Co, L’occitane, Eminence Organics and more. They also feature a partnership with Alo Yoga for curated workouts and products in their suites so guests can enjoy a workout before their flights. PS also offers massages, manicures, haircuts and the Member’s Shower Spa.

2. Indianapolis International Airport

IIA is home to the luxury Enroute Spa, which has outposts at gates B6 and A14. The larger spa is located at gate B6, and offers several services like natural-nail manicures (with no chemicals), full-body and foot massages, as well as aromatherapy and cosmetic services. The smaller, satellite spa at A14 offers chair and foot massages. Both can be booked in advance to fit your layover or departure time. They also feature a boutique of sustainable products onsite, featuring items from local Indiana companies.

3. John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4

At New York City’s JFK airport, a new, upscale health and wellness care center called Treat offers board-certified physicians and next-level wellness services for luxe travelers. It’s spearheaded by health and wellness company XpresSpa Group, Inc. who are providing Covid-19 rapid PCR tests, IV drip infusion therapy, flu shots, and on-site yoga and fitness sessions, with virtual instructors.

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“In this pandemic world, people are now prioritizing health and wellness, especially when traveling,” said Doug Satzman, XpresSpa Group CEO, in a statement. “This first-of-its-kind suite of travel health and wellness services is leading a new era in wellness travel — whether you need a test, want to work out, seek healthcare on-the-go, or just escape from the stressors of travel, Treat will be an invaluable set of resources as traveler needs continue to evolve.”

Use the app to schedule appointments at Treat in-airport wellness centers

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4. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

The IAH airport in Houston recently opened a new health and wellness center with American Express and wellness brand, Calm. It’s a space focused on meditation and relaxation inside the Centurion Lounge. Expect calming teas, immunity-boosting juices, and lounge chairs in their “tranquility space.”

According a recent report by Amex Trendex, the statistical research arm of American Express, over 50% of travelers want a lounge to relax in at airports. Over 71% of travelers want to focus on health.

But you have to have a certain kind of American Express card to get complimentary access to the Centurion Lounge, namely one of these: Platinum Card Members, Business Platinum Card Members, Corporate Platinum Card Members, Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members, Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Card Members and Centurion Members.

5. Philadelphia International Airport

PIA has a wellness station, as well as Wellness Wednesdays. They have 1,500 yoga mats to give out to passengers who stay overnight in the airport due to weather, cancellations or delays. The airport also has a hydration station for employees and travelers to stay hydrated.

“We hope this program will inspire our colleagues and passengers,” said Delicsha Wilds, Deputy Director of Aviation for HR, in a statement.

Linda Ivey, the Division of Aviation Training and Development Manager at PIA, said the airport’s WELL initiative encourages healthy habits “with simple and enjoyable fitness and nutritional options that can be easily incorporated into their daily routines,” she said in a statement. “It’s especially timely as we experience transitioning back from sedimentary virtual work at home to physically working in the office.”

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