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.”
Last week we reported that BA had scheduled Boeing 747 aircraft on selected UK domestic flights from London Heathrow to Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle on the day of its centenary, Sunday 25 August 2019.
This did come with the caveat that BA had made no official announcement about these flights. These flights have attracted a lot of interest and a week later BA has today, Friday 7 June 2019, issued the following statement to the travel trade:
We’ve been exploring a number of options to put our customers at the heart of our birthday weekend celebrations, but we still haven’t confirmed any plans.
We haven’t revealed any of the details of our birthday weekend so far. Some aviation websites made a guess at what we were planning, but we were very clear that this was speculation.
We are still considering our options for that weekend and will release details in due course.
Clearly, some passengers may have booked these flights (in some cases for the cost of a transatlantic flight) hoping for special celebrations on board.
BA is now offering passengers who booked a Boeing 747 flight from London Heathrow to Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle on Sunday 25 August between 30 May and 7 June 2019 and no longer wish to travel a refund.
Affected passengers should contact BA or their travel agent.
Update: Many passengers are now receiving e-mails from BA advising that these flights will no longer be operated with a Boeing 747 aircraft. So the plan for special flights appears to have been cancelled entirely.
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.
British Airways is to sub-contract the operation of selected flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Copenhagen to Danish charter airline Jet Time from Sunday 27 March 2016 until the end of October.
Although no specific reason has been given for this move, it is likely to be due to the fact that BA has gained additional slots at London Heathrow following the closure of Virgin Atlantic Little Red.
Under slot usage rules, airlines are required to use their Heathrow slots for at least 80% of the time, or risk forfeiture of the slots.
Flights operated by Jet Time will be flown with Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
The sub-contracting arrangement is known as a “wet lease” which means that the flights will also be operated by pilots and cabin crew of Jet Time.