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Philadelphia Flagship Lounge (delayed until 2020?)

Old Jul 22, 18, 2:51 pm
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Philadelphia Flagship Lounge (delayed until 2020?)

That is what I was told by an Admirals Club agent on Friday!!! Anyone else hearing this? Sad if true!!!
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Old Jul 22, 18, 6:39 pm
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In May an Admirals Club Agent told me that there was a rent issue that was holding things up and he didn’t know the new opening date. This is bad news if it’s delayed for two years.
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Old Jul 24, 18, 6:31 pm
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Well I did some digging. The problem has something to do with the fact that A-West is located in Delaware County, while the remainder of the airport is in Philadelphia City/County, (which is a fact). AA is working to resolve the issues, which is also delaying other planned A-West Lounge upgrades. Anyone have any idea what the County reason could be? I wouldn't be surprised if it's being held up by the "very considerate and understanding" Philly construction Unions. Confirming what was mentioned in the above 2nd post, AA corporate simply said there is no new start date - NOT THAT IT WAS BEING DELAYED UNTIL 2020 - as indicated in the Thread Title.

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Old Jul 25, 18, 4:41 pm
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Disappointing, especially given all the space they have. Luckily American Express didn't seem to have any issues with building the new Centurion Lounge.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 4:51 pm
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Originally Posted by mountain flyer View Post
Disappointing, especially given all the space they have. Luckily American Express didn't seem to have any issues with building the new Centurion Lounge.

I haven't been to the Centurion but I walk by it. DO you find it odd that people can see into the lounge? The AC in A West is up and out of the way, kind of defining what the lounge ideal should be (an oasis from the standard travel BS). The BA/Qatar and Centurion lounges just don't look that way to me. Perhaps I'm not seeing the whole picture?
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Old Jul 25, 18, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Uncle Nonny View Post
I haven't been to the Centurion but I walk by it. DO you find it odd that people can see into the lounge? The AC in A West is up and out of the way, kind of defining what the lounge ideal should be (an oasis from the standard travel BS). The BA/Qatar and Centurion lounges just don't look that way to me. Perhaps I'm not seeing the whole picture?
I sort of like that they can look in. I want them to see what they're missing.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 6:01 pm
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Originally Posted by perseus11 View Post
Well I did some digging. The problem has something to do with the fact that A-West is located in Delaware County, while the remainder of the airport is in Philadelphia City/County, (which is a fact). AA is working to resolve the issues, which is also delaying other planned A-West Lounge upgrades. Anyone have any idea what the County reason could be?
Potentially alcohol-related? Splitting the AC into an AC and Flagship Lounge with different access rules for each section could make it require a 2nd liquor license, which are capped at a per county level.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 6:11 pm
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Originally Posted by lowfareair View Post
Potentially alcohol-related? Splitting the AC into an AC and Flagship Lounge with different access rules for each section could make it require a 2nd liquor license, which are capped at a per county level.

That's a valid point but not enough to delay construction. The county's approval wouldn't be predicated on a liquor license. The longer the delay the higher the costs of material & labor will eventually be. Those never seem to go down. Liquor licenses on the market come and go.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 6:33 pm
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DFW is located in four cities and two counties, yet somehow it's building several new lounges, albeit slowly.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 6:57 pm
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Originally Posted by dayone View Post
DFW is located in four cities and two counties, yet somehow it's building several new lounges, albeit slowly.
Obviously you're not familiar with the NYC/PHL union and political machines.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by perseus11 View Post
Obviously you're not familiar with the NYC/PHL union and political machines.
I lived in Pennsylvania for a decade and have a good understanding of union and political machines. If the "right" people want something to be built, it can be built very quickly.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 10:46 pm
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I lived in Pennsylvania for a decade and have a good understanding of union and political machines. If the "right" people want something to be built, it can be built very quickly.
Philadelphia is union wise and politically, NOT Pennsylvania. Obviously, "If the "right" people want something to be built, it can be built very quickly".

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Old Aug 15, 19, 11:36 am
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Does anyone have updates on when the new FL will open in PHL?
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Old Aug 21, 19, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by SOBE ER DOC View Post
Does anyone have updates on when the new FL will open in PHL?
Was just poking around for the same information - heading into Q4 of '19 soon and this thing is supposed to be open sometime in 2020? I just shot an email to both American and PHL inquiring about an update - we'll see if they report back with anything.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 4:08 am
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I was in last Saturday and asked the AAngels. They told me that construction is TENTATIVELY starting end of September. The latest holdup has been with CPB as the club is directly over Immigration.
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