American Airlines will build a new 15000-square-foot lounge in Austin, thereby corroborating its commitment to the Texas city.
On Tuesday, the Fort Worth-based airline announced plans to construct a new lounge at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Situated near Gate 14, the new 15000-square-foot lounge in Austin will offer space for over 250 passengers and be the largest lounge at Austin airport, breaking new ground in 2022.
The New Lounge Will Be Appealing
American will still run the Admirals Club across Gate 22 throughout the construction project. The carrier said it would announce a construction timeline plus an opening date of the lounge later on.
American Airlines has provided a teaser of the new lounge. Plans might change, but the interior looks appealing with floor-to-ceiling windows, locally inspired art, plus several different seating areas.
The airline also communicated that local artists would entertain travelers with live music in the lounge.
Clarissa Sebastian, American Airlines’ managing director of premium customer experience and onboard products, said, “Austin has such a unique energy, with its fascinating mix of technology and arts. American wants to create a club that reflects that eclectic style and pays homage to the lively music scene. We can’t wait for customers to experience the new space, with much more room to relax, unwind, and enjoy.”
Austin Has a Promising Future
American’s new Admirals Club outpost in Austin is the airline’s latest expansion in the Texas state capital.
In 2020 alone, American added 25 routes to the city, two of which the airline unveiled earlier this week. Industry observers might be wondering when the carrier will declare Austin as a focus city. Whether it’s the expanded network or the investment in making the ground experience more attractive, American Airlines is determined to make Austin more inviting to travelers.
The airline added both routes focusing on business and leisure travel to capitalize on the long-term growth that other major companies moving to Austin have experienced. American Airlines wants to position itself as the preferred airline for locals, no matter whether they travel for work or leisure.
But it’s not just American that commits itself more strongly to Austin. The airport has also seen growth from many other major airlines, despite the pandemic. Carriers like Allegiant Air, Alaska, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, and Southwest have revealed new routes to Austin this year. Delta also plans to restore two of its five focus cities after the coronavirus pandemic, with Austin and Raleigh-Durham returning.
While travelers can also visit United and Delta’s lounges in Austin, American’s latest one is bound to become the most attractive one.