Washington Dulles airport plans to open up an interesting lounge opportunity for bidding that would make a perfect (albeit slightly too-small) Centurion lounge or Plaza Premium lounge. Either could be accessible to Amex Black and Platinum cardholders, the latter also to Priority Pass cardmembers.
What’s on offer is 9100 square feet at the base of the Historic Control Tower. Before the airport built the AeroTrain (and new Pre-Check Security Lanes 50-55) this space was two restaurants and a food court. Now it’s… nothing.
It’s cool space, apparently with an observation deck, but isn’t for the feint of heart – it will require not just comprehensive renovation but “running all new utilities and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning” as well. And it appears design will be subject to review by the Virginia State Historical Preservation Office.
Here’s what the airport authority wants in a deal:
- Revenue: 10% of revenue, minimum $925,000 a year at year one, increasing 3% annually over the course of a 10 year lease.
- Construction investment: Minimum $3 million, plus another 25% of the initial construction cost to be invested at year 5.
Since this lounge is attached to the main terminal building, it would be accessible to all passengers eligible for access. That’s exceptionally convenient for a lounge looking to serve more than a single airline, like American Express, The Club, or Plaza Premium.
We may finally see an improved lounge situation at Dulles yet — but 9100 square feet is on the smaller side for the lounges that American Express has been building recently.