As travel makes a comeback with millions of travelers moving through airport security lines, American Express announced that it will reopen the new Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York City, according to a Monday (June 21) press release.
The location, which has been relocated, marks the brand’s second outpost in the Big Apple. American Express also has a Centurion Lounge at John F. Kennedy Airport, which opened in the autumn of 2020.
“Terminal B travelers will have access to this new state-of-the-art lounge where they can rest before their flights and refuel with thoughtfully sourced cuisine and locally inspired refreshments,” Stewart Steeves, CEO of LaGuardia Gateway Partners, manager and developer of Terminal B, said in the announcement.
Features of the new space include tailored design elements from designers based in New York and a study space planned in conjunction with McNally Jackson, an independent New York City bookshop.
“We’ve collaborated closely with local partners and small businesses to create a space that embodies some of New York City’s most unique experiences,” Pablo Rivero, vice president, loyalty travel experiences and benefits, said in the announcement. “With the reopening and expansion of our Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport, we are looking forward to having this lounge join the rest of our Centurion Network and provide eligible Card Members with even more places to relax and unwind during their travels.”
The news comes as travel in the United States provided indications of going back to normal levels this Memorial Day weekend, despite that celebrations were muted by the pandemic.
Airline traffic, which all but ground to a halt during the depths of the pandemic, was up a whopping 384 percent on Sunday (May 30) in contrast with the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in 2020.
AAA’s forecast for Memorial Day weekend 2021 was that 37 million Americans would travel in excess of 50 miles from home.