American Airlines Closing Three Admirals Clubs on October 15

Aug 29, 2018

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American Airlines is in the midst of a $200 million lounge project. This project has seen the addition of excellent new Flagship Lounges (currently open in Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Miami MIA and New York JFK) and renewals of lounges across the network — which has forced some unfortunate but necessary closures.

But, we are finding out today that three Admirals Clubs aren’t making the cut. Effective October 15, 2018, Admirals Clubs at Hartford, CT (BDL), Greensboro, NC (GSO) and Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) will close permanently.

In a statement to TPG, an American Airlines spokesperson said these decisions “are never easy” but the airline “must always ensure we are striking the right balance of providing the level of service our customers have come to expect while keeping our costs in-check.” The statement concluded that “it’s been a pleasure to serve our customers at these lounges and we appreciate their loyalty over the years.”

American Airlines is the largest airline operator at Bradley (BDL), flying 1.6 million passengers to seven of its hubs in 2017. At Piedmont Triad International Airport near Greenboro, NC (PTI), American Airlines operates flights to seven destinations, including four of the five busiest routes for the airport. Meanwhile, the decision to close Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) is understandable with the recent political unrest.

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