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Matte Black Lounges to test lounge venue at Syracuse airport

By Eric Reinhardt (



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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Matte Black Lounges has chosen Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) for a special 10-day offering of its lounge venue.

The 10-day test and promotion will continue between Thursday and March 6, the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) said.

The Lounge at SYR — which will be located in concourse A — will cost $25 at the door, “with Priority Pass members receiving complimentary access,” SRAA said. Customers can enjoy food and beverages, including local wines and craft beers, as they wait for their flight.

“As travel rebounds and people seek more private waiting spaces while flying, we see a great opportunity to offer an elevated, premium lounge experience for Central New York travelers,” Gabe Trumbo, co-founder of Matte Black, said.

Trumbo and partner David Nguyen are both pursuing their MBA degrees at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Matte Black won the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition, capturing $25,000 for the founders’ business idea last year. They are currently participating in the University’s “eLab” Accelerator.

Their partners on this project include ReDesigned Inc., a regional design and staging company based in Rochester, as well as Ithaca Hummus and Grabanzos.

“We are thrilled that Matte Black Lounges has chosen SYR as their launch airport with this 10-day initial offering,” Jason Terreri, executive director of Syracuse Hancock International Airport, said. “This test will help ensure a new permanent lounge exceeds our customers’ expectations. This is the first of several upgrades our passengers will experience when they return to SYR.”


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