American Airlines plans to build a 15,000-square-foot lounge at Austin Airport

AUSTIN (KXAN) – American Airlines announced on Tuesday plans to open a new lounge soon at Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

The 15,000-square-foot Admirals Club can accommodate more than 250 guests, making it the largest airport lounge in Austin, according to the airline.

The airline says the inspiration for the design of the lounge is “taken from the city itself” and is said to reflect the “urban fabric” of Rainey Street and local parks, as well as art and music. Local musicians are expected to entertain guests in the lounge.

“We don’t expect Malta to be able to offer this exciting new comfort to passengers,” Jacqueline Yaft, CEO of the airport, said in a press release. “The new Admirals Club will strengthen American Airlines’ investment in AUS and bring tourists a higher experience that reflects the culture, music and art that locals and visitors alike love in Austin.”

The airline’s current lounge will remain open during the construction of the new club. Construction is expected to begin next year, with an opening date to be announced later.

Admirals Club lounges are membership based. Travelers on an American Airlines or Oneworld Alliance flight can also purchase a day ticket to the lounges.

American Airlines is AUS ‘second largest airline in terms of passenger numbers. During September, more than 1.9 million passengers will have flown through the airport on an American flight in 2021, second only to Southwest Airlines ’more than 3 million passengers.

The airline announced in June that it will add 10 new domestic and four new international routes from Austin this fall. This was in addition to the 10 other new routes announced in March.

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