American Express has announced that they have come to an agreement with Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport to build the world’s largest Centurion Lounge in Concourse E, expected to open sometime in 2023.
The airport lounge will add to the growing network of Amex Centurion Airport Club Lounges in the U.S. that are available to cardholders of various premium Amex card products.
Amex has added several new lounges in recent years but not all of them have opened are operating as expected such as the Centurion Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport TBIT which has been pretty much an ongoing drama for almost a year now.
You can read up on the official announcement by American Express here.
American Express today announced plans to open a new Centurion Lounge at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The new lounge, which is expected to open in 2023, will be the largest in the Centurion Network with approximately 26,000 square feet and will feature an array of new amenities.
Eligible Card Members will get an authentic taste of Atlanta through distinctive features, including:
- Multiple outdoor areas, including a garden terrace inspired by the city’s rich tree canopy and open tarmac views, a first for a Centurion Lounge
- Modern design influenced by Atlanta’s local landscape and culture
- Locally inspired beverage and dining selections, including a modern bourbon bar, curated by a local chef and Centurion Lounge mixologist, Jim Meehan
- Additional local and unique amenities specific to the Centurion Lounge in Atlanta that will be announced closer to opening
“This lounge marks an important milestone for our Card Members as we continue to expand our vast Centurion Network,” said Pablo Rivero, Vice President & General Manager, Global Lounge Experiences. “With outdoor spaces, tarmac views and design inspired by Atlanta’s natural landscape, we’re excited to bring this unique and expansive lounge to one of our Card Members’ favorite airports.”
Centrally located between domestic and international terminals in Concourse E, the new lounge will be accessible from every terminal through The Plane Train or by walking along the Transportation Mall. The lounge will also host travel essentials that Card Members know and love, such as private telephone rooms, shower suites, high-speed Wi-Fi, private noise-buffering workspaces, and more.
“Hartsfield-Jackson is committed to providing a wonderful customer experience to our passengers,” said Airport General Manager Balram “B” Bheodari. “This new lounge will offer eligible passengers yet another option to enhance their travel experience to and from ATL.” …
The lounge will be on international Concourse E. Passengers departing from the other concourses will be able to walk or take the Plane Train to this location.
Hartsfield-Jackson has nine Delta Sky Clubs, an American Admirals Club, a United club, as well as a Priority Pass Lounge (The Club at ATL). The Delta Sky Clubs are accessible to Amex Platinum/Centurion members who are flying on Delta.
The Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is just the latest addition to the growing American Express Centurion Network following its newest locations at London Heathrow (LHR) and New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA).
American Express also has plans to open a new lounge at the Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C. and is continuing to enhance its existing locations, with expansions in San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA) and the newly opened wellness space in Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in partnership with leading mental wellness brand Calm.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the Atlanta City Council voted last June to approve a contract for the lounge, but American Express said it will take until next year to build and complete because of construction, permitting, design and staffing. The city said American Express would pay for the $40 million shell construction for the lounge.
I’m still surprised they picked Atlanta for such a large facility given their strong partnership with Delta Airlines and their many lounges at the busy hub.
The new Centurion Lounge at Atlanta Airport Concourse E is expected to open sometime in 2023 which is of course a rather broad date. I would expect it to open until the 3rd or 4th quarter of next year.
Hopefully, the schedule for construction of this facility will progress as anticipated without further delays and closures as we’ve seen in Los Angeles. Amex is investing quite a bit of money into their lounges as the network grows. Especially since the annual fee of the Personal Platinum card in the U.S. has now been increased to $695 they’re well-advised to expand the lounge portfolio.