Before the pandemic I wrote about how Charlotte desperately needed another American Airlines Admirals Club – or two. American had scaled to 900 flights a day at DFW – and opened a 5th club. Charlotte was up to 700 flights and had just two clubs. And the terminal itself is more crowded than Dallas.
There just aren’t enough rocking chairs there to go around. The LAX ‘Eagles Nest’ commuter terminal has a club, the Charlotte regional operation — nowhere near the rest of the concourses — has nothing.
The main club at the intersection of the C and D concourses is absolutely overrun as it is. That leaves the ‘relatively quieter’ B concourse club, as pictured in the Before Times.
Unfortunately the B concourse club is going to be the only club for a little bit. Starting at some point in January American will be temporarily losing the main club to maintenance. A spokesperson adds,
Beginning in January 2022, American Airlines will temporarily close its Terminal C Admirals Club lounge at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) for updates. During this time, the nearby Admirals Club lounge in Terminal B will remain open and fully operational. American will also open a Guest Service Center in the mezzanine of the atrium for Admirals Club-eligible customers who would like ticketing and travel assistance. This space will also have grab and go snack offerings, bottled water and coffee available.
The main terminal gate areas tare beyond packed. There’s a Centurion lounge and two Minute Suites at the airport. Some passengers may just appreciate the grab and go water and snacks at the service center, though.
Charlotte is already a less-desirable passenger experience than many airports. I understand the maintenance work is needed for fire safety requirements, and they’ll take the opportunity to update some furnishings and finishes in the lounge in the process. But it’s going to be a painful closure.