British Airways Closes Amsterdam Lounge

The British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport will not reopen as a BA lounge.

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British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

The British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport will not reopen as a BA lounge.

The lounge has been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst all other BA lounges worldwide have reopened or have been confirmed as closed, this lounge has remained as “temporarily closed”.

Eligible BA passengers at Amsterdam can continue to use the Aspire lounge.

The BA lounge was part of the Priority Pass lounge access scheme. It is likely that another operator will take over the lounge.

This leaves BA with just three of its own branded lounges in mainland Europe at Geneva, Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino.

This is a far cry when BA had a substantial lounge network across Europe. Much has changed since then. BA lounges at airports from Copenhagen to Munich have progressively gone as the airline has either closed them or airports have taken space back.

Long before COVID-19 BA said it was embarking on a new lounge strategy to determine where it actually needed its own lounges, without articulating what this actually meant.

There are of course costs associated with fitting out and running lounges. Paying a third party operator on a per visit basis also means the airline’s cost of providing lounge access fluctuates according to passenger demand.

But given Amsterdam is served by BA from three London airports it is hard to fathom why it would diminish its brand presence at a major European hub.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

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