easyJet is a low fares airline in Europe, who pitch themselves above competitors Ryanair and Wizz Air. This attracts price conscious business travel as well as premium leisure travel, so perhaps it’s no surprise they are opening a London Gatwick lounge from today.

The news is quite unusual, as point to point low fares airlines never ever operate lounges. Even JetBlue has no lounges and they operate a business class product as well.

easyJet’s London Gatwick Lounge

The new lounge is called “The Gateway by easyJet and No1 Lounges”. The airline is operating the facility in conjunction with experienced and well regarded lounge operator No1 Lounges, which is good to see.

As with any airline lounge, there will be self-service food and drinks, as well as table service for hot and cold meals. They have a signature cocktail and promise the signature dishes will change quarterly.

Pricing is interesting, as it is based on how long you will use the facility. One hour will set you back £18.50, two hours is £24.50, while the maximum three hours is £32.00. You can purchase your lounge access here.

I’ll be interested to see how they police people’s lounge time. I’ve never experienced being thrown out, despite the occasional lounge I’ve visited having a time limit. Will it cause a ruckus, especially with flight delays? Who knows!

Overall Thoughts

easyJet operating a lounge in partnership with No. 1 Lounges makes sense to me. It spreads the risk and should prove popular with a certain segment of their clientele. Hopefully it is a success.

The big orange airline operates throughout Europe, though it inexplicably chooses not to serve the Republic of Ireland. No Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock or Kerry services at all. According to legend, they tried to fly to Ireland and Ryanair ran them out of the country. It is really the only European market they do not serve, which is a bit of a shame.

Have you flown with easyJet before? Will you be using their new lounge at London Gatwick? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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