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The USO lounge at Frankfurt international airport, an oasis of sorts for U.S. servicemembers and their families, is scheduled to move this fall to a temporary facility while a new lounge is being readied.

Based on the current time frame — construction won’t start until September, at the earliest — the new lounge probably won’t be ready until the second half of next year, said Fred Jeter, director of the USO Rhein Main Area in Germany.

When it is completed, the airport-funded facility will be roughly 30 percent larger, with more room for lounging, eating and computing. "There will be more room for people to relax before they continue on the next leg of their journey," Jeter said Friday.

The general location of both the temporary lounge and the future facility will be similar to that of the current center.

It will continue to be at Terminal 1, Arrival Hall C, with the interim facility slated for an area just outside the hall.

Services and opening hours — 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on U.S. holidays — at the temporary facility will remain the same, Jeter said.

On average, the USO airport lounge provides assistance to about 60,000 Americans a year, Jeter said. Approximately, 40 flights a day arrive at Frankfurt from the United States.


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