One of the many frustrations of short-haul travel in Europe and beyond is the lack of consistency in the ground experience at airports, particularly when flying to London.
BA inevitably does not have lounges at every airport it serves. It has also in recent years added a significant number of new seasonal short-haul routes.
BA has been progressively securing access to more third party lounges on its short-haul network. Last year, it secured lounge access at Bordeaux, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Krakow, Oporto, Reykjavik-Keflavik and Seville.
BA has today, Wednesday 1 May 2019, announced it has secured lounge access for eligible customers, eg Club Europe and Silver and Gold Executive Club cardholders, at a number of airports on its short-haul network. These are Dalaman; Heraklion, Crete; Olbia, Palermo, Paphos, Rhodes, Split and Thessaloniki.
Most of these airports are summer seasonal short-haul routes. Here are full details of summer seasonal BA routes at Gatwick and Heathrow. As these are third party lounges their size and the quality of facilities will vary widely.
On a related note, BA’s lounge in Geneva is due to close on Tuesday 28 May 2019 for refurbishment.