By CHRISTINE NEGRONI
Picture the business traveler who has already passed through security only to discover a flight delay of several hours. At most airports, such a traveler has few options: wandering through the nearby shops and restaurants, waiting in a chair near the gate or, for a fee, waiting in an airline lounge.
This was the situation in which Rossana Magalhaes found herself recently when her flight was eight hours late leaving Atlanta.
“I walked and took naps sitting up, had about five cups of coffee,” she said.
But at two airports in the United States and about a half-dozen overseas, travelers like Ms. Magalhaes have a new option: a little room for rent right in the terminal. The room has a desk and Internet access for work and a daybed for a nap.
Ms. Magalhaes booked a room for her next trip, when she knows she will have to change planes in Atlanta again.
At the moment, just one company, Minute Suites, is providing these rooms, which it calls suites, at two airports, Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta and Philadelphia International Airport. The suitesare not the equivalent of a hotel room because there is no plumbing. And for short stays, the cost is usually lower than a hotel room — $30 for the first hour and $7.50 for each 15 minutes thereafter, although there are discounts for stays longer than four hours.
Still, since the company opened the suites at the two airports this year, Dan Solomon, the chief executive of Minute Suites, said, 18,000 people have visited, and 24 percent of them have been repeat customers.
“It really does boil down to people having privacy in an otherwise stressful environment,” Mr. Solomon said. “They shut the door, the airport disappears, and they have their privacy.”