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​New membership-only lounge coming to Austin airport from American Airlines

American Airlines said visitors will "get a taste of the Austin vibe," inside its new to-be-built lounge. (American Airlines)

American Airlines announced plans for a new 15,000-square-foot lounge, to be called the "Admirals Club," at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The airline said the lounge will be the largest at the airport.

The Admirals Club will be able to seat more than 250 travelers and will be located near Gate 14. Construction is set to begin next year, with an opening date to be released later, but the existing lounge will remain open in the interim, according to a press release.

"We can't wait to offer this exciting new amenity to passengers," AUS Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Yaft said. "The new Admirals Club strengthens the investments made by American Airlines at AUS and will bring an elevated experience to travelers that will reflect the culture, music and art that locals and visitors alike love so much about Austin."

The lounges are membership-based, with more than 60 Admirals Club lounges worldwide, and come with complimentary food, beverages, Wi-Fi, magazines, business centers and a playroom for kids.

"Austin has such a unique energy, with its fascinating mix of technology and arts. American wants to create a club that reflects that eclectic style and pays homage to the lively music scene," Managing director of premium customer experience and onboard products Clarissa Sebastian said. "We can't wait for customers to experience the new space, with much more room to relax, unwind and enjoy."

Over the past year, American has expanded its Austin presence by adding more than 25 new nonstop routes, including major destinations like Puerto Vallarta, London and Cabo.

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