Those two older clubs on Concourse B that are being replaced had been "really crowded, " said Sky Club managing director Claude Roussel. Delta is spending tens of millions of dollars on the new club, according to Roussel.
But Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is also contributing to paying for the club, spending up to $24 million to reimburse Delta for the expansion of the Concourse B building with a fourth-level addition at the midpoint for the private club.
Reed said the airport is making the investment because "the look and feel of airports is changing rapidly. Increasingly Hartsfield-Jackson is going to have to meet a different standard, an international standard that has a different feel than a lot of our customers are used to."
He said the new Sky Club "has more of a feel of airports that you'd see... in Singapore or in Hong Kong or in Paris or in London."
Bastian said the new club is "really designed for the connecting traveler," calling the Concourse B centerpoint where the new club sits "one of the most trafficked intersections in aviation."