A new lounge is coming to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. American Express has signed a lease to open a lounge in Terminal D near the gates of foreign carriers such as Emirates. The move apparently caught American Airlines by surprise and the carrier appealed to the airport to deny the lease application. That request fell on deaf ears, however, with the airport approving the move.
AA’s VP of Real Estate, Kevin Cox, spoke at the hearing on behalf of the carrier. He objected to AmEx getting a lower rent rate than AA pays. He also claimed that competition wasn’t needed for lounges because the AA lounge is never full. At one point he also said, "Never in our wildest dream did we anticipate that there would be a third party building a club in Terminal D." Apparently the "we didn’t think about it" defense was deemed rather pathetic, too.
This is good news for folks flying out of the terminal, with the lounge expected to open soon. Certain AmEx cardholders will receive free access while others will pay a daily rate which is reasonably consistent with other lounges: $40-75.
More news once the lounge actually opens…
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