British Airways Reopens Lounges In Europe

British Airways has started to reopen its airport lounges in mainland Europe following their closure due to COVID-19.

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British Airways Lounge, Rome Fiumicino Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has started to reopen its lounges in mainland Europe.

The airline has, today Wednesday 20 October 2021, reopened its lounge at Rome Fiumicino airport.

It is understood from a public LinkedIn post from a member of BA’s lounge management team that the BA lounge Milan Linate airport will reopen on Friday 22 October.

British Airways Lounge Milan Linate Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

BA’s lounge at Geneva airport reopens on Friday 29 October.

British Airways lounge, Geneva airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
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British Airways Reopens US Airport Lounges

BA has reopened its lounges at Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington Dulles airports.

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British Airways Lounge, Boston Logan International Airport
British Airways Lounge, Boston Logan International Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has reopened a number of lounges at airports in the United States ahead of the planned reopening of the US to fully vaccinated passengers from the UK in November.

Until this week only two BA lounges were open in the US. These were the Club lounge and Concorde Room at New York JFK Terminal 7.

BA has now reopened its lounges at these US airports:

Boston
Chicago O’Hare
Houston
Newark (opened 11 November)
New York JFK First Lounge
San Francisco
Seattle
Washington Dulles

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions not all lounge facilities may be available. The Elemis travel spa at New York JFK has closed permanently.

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British Airways Begins To Reopen Airport Lounges

British Airways has reopened the First Wing, Galleries Club South, First and Arrivals lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

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British Airways Heathrow Lounge Reopening July 2020
British Airways Heathrow Lounge Reopening July 2020 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has started what is likely to be a long and gradual process of reopening its airport lounges around the world.

On Saturday 4 July 2020, BA has reopened the Galleries Club South and Galleries First lounges on the South concourse of London Heathrow Terminal 5. Due to BA still operating a significantly reduced schedule, the lounges close at the earlier time of 20:00. The First Wing has also reopened.

BA has also reopened the arrivals lounge for passengers arriving from long-haul flights.

The Concorde Room, Galleries Club North and Galleries Terminal 5B lounges and Elemis Travel spas remain closed.

British Airways, Galleries First Lounge Terrace, London Heathrow Terminal 5
British Airways, Galleries First Lounge Terrace, London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: British Airways)

Passengers travelling in First Class and Concorde Room cardholders who are ordinarily entitled to access the Concorde Room have access to a dedicated terrace in the Galleries First lounge.

As expected, the service in the lounge is different. Plastic entry screens have been introduced at the entrance to the Galleries Club South lounge.

Passengers will be provided with a Welcome Card, with blue and red sides, on entry to the lounge.

When in the lounge, passengers are asked to to occupy seats that do not have a card placed on them and to maintain social distancing in the lounge and not move between seats.

British Airways Heathrow Lounge Reopening July 2020
British Airways Heathrow Lounge Reopening July 2020 (Image Credit: British Airways)

The card should be left red side up on your seat when temporarily leaving your seat, and blue side up when you leave the lounge so the area can be cleaned.

British Airways Heathrow Lounge Reopening July 2020
British Airways Heathrow Lounge Reopening July 2020 (Image Credit: British Airways)

Food and drinks are available to order by accessing a dedicated website on your personal device, details of which are provided on entry to the lounge.

British Airways Heathrow Lounge Reopening July 2020
British Airways Heathrow Lounge Reopening July 2020 (Image Credit: British Airways)

Passengers are asked not to order any drinks directly from the bar area. Pre-packaged snacks are also available to take away. Catering on BA flights remains significantly reduced.

As expected, all newspapers and magazines have been removed from the lounges. These can be downloaded electronically using the PressReader app. This is best done at home.

Update November 2020

British Airways lounges at London Heathrow will close from Thursday 5 November, following the implementation of a lockdown in England until 2 December 2020.

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British Airways Opens Refurbished Geneva Lounge

British Airways has reopened its lounge at Geneva airport following a refurbishment.

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British Airways lounge, Geneva airport
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today, Friday 22 November 2019, reopened its refurbished lounge at Geneva airport.

The newly designed and enlarged lounge follows a similar design concept to recently refurbished lounges in Aberdeen and Rome.

New features include a lobby bar and craft beer room, as well as improved seating and catering.

British Airways lounge, Geneva airport
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways lounge, Geneva airport
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British Airways Opens Refurbished Johannesburg Lounge

British Airways has opened its refurbished lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

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British Airways Lounge Johannesburg
British Airways Lounge Johannesburg (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has reopened its lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg following a six month refurbishment.

The lounge follows a similar design brief to recently refurbishment lounges at New York JFK and San Francisco.

As with the San Francisco lounge, the two former Club and First lounges have been combined into one, with a dedicated pre-flight dining area and a la carte menu for First Class passengers.

The lounge also features a centrepiece bar, a self-service food station with hot and cold food options. These include local specialities such as Indezi River cheese and Cape Malay curry. There is also a wide range of seating with at seat power.

Food options for First Class passengers in the dedicated pre-flight dining area include seasonal soups; ricotta and pea filled conchiglie; steak sandwich with mustard and basil relish; and chocolate brownies.

The lounge can be accessed by passengers travelling in Club World and First Class as well as Silver and Gold members of the Executive Club, and Oneworld alliance equivalents.

The last remaining lounge refurbishment project for this year is the Geneva lounge.

British Airways Lounge Johannesburg
British Airways Lounge Johannesburg (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Lounge Johannesburg
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British Airways Opens “Refreshed” Milan Linate Lounge

British Airways has reopened its lounge at Milan Linate airport following a light refurbishment.

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British Airways Lounge Milan Linate Airport
British Airways Lounge Milan Linate Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

Flights to Milan Linate airport have resumed today, Sunday 27 October 2019, following a period of closure due to runway maintenance works.

BA has taken the opportunity to use the period of closure to undertake a “refresh” of its lounge airport.

The refreshed lounge has now reopened with new furnishings with at seat power and improved complimentary catering.

British Airways Lounge Milan Linate Airport
British Airways Lounge Milan Linate Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Lounge Milan Linate Airport
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British Airways Lounge Milan Linate Airport
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British Airways Opens Refurbished San Francisco Lounge

British Airways has opened its newly refurbished lounge at San Francisco International airport.

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British Airways lounge, San Francisco International
British Airways lounge, San Francisco International (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has reopened its lounge at San Francisco International airport following a six month refurbishment.

The lounge remains in its current location near Gates A4 and A6 on Concourse A, which benefits from floor to ceiling windows and good views of the airport apron.

The new lounge has combined the old Club and First lounges into one. Whilst First Class passengers and Gold Executive Club cardholders no longer have a separate lounge, First Class passengers do benefit from a new dedicated pre-flight dining area.

The lounge follows a similar design brief to BA lounges in Aberdeen, New York and Rome. The centrepiece of the lounge is granite topped bar.

You can also take a 360 degree tour of the lounge on a dedicated microsite.

British Airways lounge, San Francisco International
British Airways lounge, San Francisco International (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways lounge, San Francisco International
British Airways lounge, San Francisco International (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways lounge, San Francisco International
British Airways lounge, San Francisco International (Image Credit: British Airways)

Although the lounge has not increased in size, first impressions are that the new lounge is a significantly better use of the space and it has a much more open feel than the old lounge. There is also a vastly better range of seating choices.

Access to the lounge is available to British Airways First and Club World (business class) customers, British Airways Executive Gold and Silver members, and oneworld frequent flyers with Emerald and Sapphire status.

In terms of other BA lounge refurbishments, the Geneva and Johannesburg lounges are currently closed for refurbishment. Hopefully in the next few months, we will have a timescale for a refurbishment of the BA lounges at London Heathrow.

British Airways’ Glasgow Lounge Re-opens 16 June

British Airways’ Glasgow lounge reopens on Sunday 16 June 2019 after a two week refurbishment.

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British Airways lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
(Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways’ Glasgow lounge re-opens on Sunday 16 June 2019.

The lounge has been closed for refurbishment since Sunday 2 June 2019. There are no pictures of the refurbished lounge yet.

The lounge has been refurbished by Glasgow based design agency Graven, who designed the original lounge. BA says:

“The lounge will have a more contemporary luxurious feel whilst also considering sustainability. Much of the furniture has been refurbished using our latest wool blend fabrics.   Premium materials and finishes have been added, together with new bespoke decorative lighting, designed and made in the UK.”

BA Glasgow Lounge Closes For Refurbishment

The BA lounge at Glasgow airport has closed for a light refurbishment and will reopen later in June 2019.

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British Airways lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

(Image Credit: British Airways)

The British Airways lounge at Glasgow airport has closed for refurbishment from today, Sunday 2 June 2019.

It’s a relatively light refurbishment as the 450 square metres lounge will reopen later this month – a full refurbishment can take up to six months.

BA say the updated lounge will have “a contemporary luxurious new look and feel” and take “inspiration” from recent lounge refurbishments in Aberdeen, New York JFK and Rome.

The existing lounge opened in 2013 and was an evolution of BA’s Galleries format. Designed by Glasgow based design agency Graven there was a strong emphasis on materials sourced from local suppliers.

There are no alternative lounge facilities during the closure. Eligible passengers will be offered a voucher which can be collected at the check-in desks or from the customer services desk near Gate 22.

Update Friday 14 June 2019: The refurbished lounge is due to reopen Sunday 16 June 2019.

BA Refreshes Heathrow Elemis Travel Spas

BA has refreshed its Elemis travel spas at London Heathrow with new soft furnishings and an updated complimentary treatment menu.

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British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has relaunched its Elemis travel spas at London Heathrow with new interiors and soft furnishings designed by the acclaimed Kelly Hoppen MBE, and a new spa treatment menu.

The structure and format of the spas remains the same with an updated complimentary treatment menu for passengers travelling in First Class, Club World, and Gold members of the Executive Club when flying long-haul.

Only passengers in First Class can book an appointment in advance. Access to spa treatments for all other eligible passengers is dependent on availability on the day. This can vary widely – it is generally much better in the arrivals lounge, rather than the departure lounges.

British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow
British Airways Elemis Travel Spa, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

The Elemis spas are located in London Heathrow Terminal 3 departures, Terminal 5A South departures, Terminal 5B departures and the Terminal 5 arrivals lounge. There is also an Elemis spa in BA’s recently updated lounge complex at New York JFK Terminal 7, which will benefit from a new treatment menu later this year.

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