Atlanta’s airport has selected American Express to build a new Centurion lounge over rival bids from Airport Dimensions (Collinson, which owns Priority Pass and The Club lounges) and Plaza Premium group. The Atlanta city council’s finance committee is expected to approve the 10 year lease with two 5 year renewal options today.
It’s unclear where the lounge will be located, though city documents will certainly reveal this. And it’s not clear what the construction (and opening) timeline looks like.
What’s interesting to me is that American Express is building another Centurion lounge in a major Delta hub. They build New York JFK accessible to Delta passengers, and the Washington National facility will be close to Delta gates as well.
Initially Centurion lounges were built out at airports where American Express lacked a lounge partner. They rolled out these lounges as they lost their own lounge partners like Continental and then US Airways and American.
More recently they’ve been supplementing Delta lounges, and adding Centurion access as a benefit of the premium Delta credit card tied to Delta ticket purchase and travel.
(HT: Danny Deal Guru)