Airline cuts some perks


Hemmed in by surging fuel costs, Delta Air Lines Inc. is cutting back on perks offered to passengers even before they step onto the plane.

The airline is closing nine of its 42 members-only airport lounges, including one at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

The Crown Room Club, located between Gates 6 and 7 in three-year-old Terminal A, will shut down May 15, although Delta’s club between Gates 17 and 18 will remain open.

Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott declined to reveal how much its larger lounge was being used by members paying between $300 and $600 a year or how much money the airline expects to save by shuttering it.

However, she said the airline wants to make better use of its reciprocal lounge agreements with other airlines, including Alaska Air, Continental Airlines Inc., and Northwest Airlines Corp.

Logan spokesman Matt Brelis said Continental will sublease Delta’s shuttered lounge.

By the end of the month, Delta will have also closed airport clubs in Cincinnati, Denver, Honolulu, Kansas City, London, Phoenix, and Seattle.