September 21, 2018

American Airlines closing premium lounge at Bradley Airport

The Admirals Club will be giving its final salute at Bradley International Airport next month, when American Airlines plans to vacate the 2,500-square-foot lounge.

American Airlines informed the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), which manages Bradley, of its plan to close the lounge at Bradley – along with clubs at several other airports —about a month ago, said CAA chief executive Kevin Dillon.

"It represents an opportunity for us," said Dillon, pointing out that the Admiral Club was only open to American Airlines' premium fliers. "We feel the space is actually better used for general concessions where there's amenities available for all passengers."

The Admirals Club, which will close Oct. 15, is a space for premium and frequent flyer passengers and features complimentary snacks, beer and wine, with premium alcohol, beer and wine available for purchase, according to Bradley's website.

Still in operation at Bradley will be the Escape Lounge, which is open to all passengers for a walk-up fee of $45, or a pre-booking fee of $40, Dillon said.

CAA is currently in negotiations with multiple possible vendors to take over the space, Dillon said.

"(It could) essentially serve as a sit-down restaurant that would have food options as well as alcoholic beverages," said Dillon, who hopes to have something like that up and running by early next year. "Naturally, the space will have to be fitted out."

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