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Update 11/28/18 4:50pm ET: The Charlotte City Council meeting records have been updated to show that the lease agreement to open a Centurion Lounge at CLT was passed unanimously.

Good news: the standard setting, TPG favorite Centurion Lounge might be coming to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in 2019.

Already a staple in domestic airports, international airports and some sports arenas, American Express has been expanding the Centurion Lounge network with plans to open new locations in Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) in progress, and no signs of slowing down.

As of today, the City of Charlotte will be discussing the possibility of a 10-year lease (plus two five-year extension options) with American Express to open a lounge in CLT.

The lounge, if approved, is expected to be on the third floor of the airport and approximately 13,295 square feet. The opening is predicted to be sometime in Autumn 2019 and will be a part of an expansion project in the airport’s east terminal, between concourses D and E. It’ll cost American Express an initial payment of $5 million and “a minimum of $3,000,000 of on-property advertising expenditures over the initial 10-year term,” plus an additional $525,701, resulting in a 10-year lease of $10.5 million total.

Centurion Lounges are known for truly showcasing the home city in which the airport is located. By incorporating complimentary local cuisine, spa treatments and specialized cocktails, the lounges have become quite the popular spot for travelers to attend while in the airport. They’ve even had to set certain capacity restrictions due to overcrowding. In order to gain access to the lounge network, travelers must have The Platinum Card® from American Express or be Centurion Cardholders. For more information, see our official guide to Amex Centurion Lounges.

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