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American Express has confirmed that the world’s largest Centurion Lounge will arrive at the country’s busiest airport.
The publisher of Amex told TPG. The lounge will open next year and will be the first room in the network to have plenty of outdoor space.
Amex is introducing a number of additional amenities that will be unique to the Atlanta outpost, including a Southern design influenced by the city’s local landscape and culture.
Guests can expect a full buffet party, as well as a modern bourbon bar, available for the first time at centurion lounge.
Perhaps the most interesting thing is that the Atlanta outpost will be the first to have terraced fields. The Amex describes “many outdoor areas” as being inspired by the “rich canopy of the city”. Aviation enthusiasts are sure to appreciate the view of the wide open runway from the outdoor deck.
But that’s not all. An Amex spokesman told TPG.
The new Centurion lounge will be located at Lounge E at ATL Airport. All lounges in Atlanta are connected after subway security, so any departing or connecting travelers can visit the Centurion Lounge before their flight.
At 26,000 square feet, the Atlanta Centurion Lounge will be nearly 11,000 square feet larger than the largest Centurion Lounge in New York-JFK — the largest to date.
In addition to the Centurion Lounge, guests with a Platinum® Card from American Express can enter Delta Sky Club while flying with Delta. However, with Amex’s new flagship Centurion Lounge, most savvy travellers will likely enjoy relaxing at the Centurion Lounge over the Sky Club due to its richer offerings.
In addition, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express card members and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express card members (when flying Delta on tickets paid for with a qualifying Amex card) can enter the Centurion Lounge.
Since Atlanta is Delta’s largest hub, there will almost certainly be plenty of Amex Platinum and Delta Reserve card members passing through the airport — and qualifying for lounge use.
Time will tell whether the new space is large enough to accommodate the number of passengers passing through the nation’s busiest airport. (Atlanta was temporarily not considered the country’s busiest airport during the pandemic due to airlines adjusting their schedules.) But, sorry for the Amex for making the space as wide as possible to accommodate the crowds.
While Amex has just confirmed the move, this Centurion Lounge began operations from (at least) in the middle of last year. The Atlanta City Council’s finance committee considered a proposal to lease American Express a 10-year lease to have dedicated lounge space at the airport by June 2021.
As part of the agreement, Amex is responsible for the construction, construction and maintenance of the Centurion Lounge. The granting authority will receive two options to extend the five-year lease at the discretion of the city.
The airport currently has only one lounge (Club in international terminal) open to passengers flying on any airline. There are currently nine Delta Sky Clubs, an American AdmiralTy Club and a United Club at THEL, but you have to fly on those airlines or their partners to get into those lounges.
With the Amex Centurion Lounge, the airport will offer a more premium experience for travelers flying with any airline.