Once upon a time, you could find an airport lounge operated by British Airways throughout their network. Since the pandemic, there have been many permanent closures, much to the consternation of frequent flyers.
The most up to date list of lounges is on the oneworld alliance website. You do need to search by airport, so it’s not possible to search by airline alone. Therefore, here is where the BA lounges actually are.
Lounge Operated By British Airways
Starting with England, you can find lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5, London Heathrow Terminal 3 and London Gatwick. All of these feature a separate lounge for business class and first class, while LHR T5 also has the exclusive Concorde Room as well as an Arrivals Lounge.
Next up is Scotland, where you will find lounges in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. That’s right, if you’re wondering, there are no other lounges in England or Northern Ireland, since the lounges in Manchester, Newcastle and Belfast City were all closed. Passengers now use third party facilities in those cities, which is a bit of a shame.
Europe has also seen a bunch of closures and now lounges only exist in Italy (at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate) and Switzerland (in Geneva). Other lounges such as the one in Amsterdam have been closed for good. Further afield, Africa features a lounge operated by BA in Lagos, Nigeria as well as Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. In the Middle East, you will find one in Dubai and in Asia there is one in Singapore.
What About North America?
Since British Airways fly to a whole heap of places in the United States and Canada, you’d expect there to be plenty of lounges. In actual fact, there are none in Canada at all. On the US east coast, there are lounges in Boston, New York Newark, New York JFK, Washington Dulles and Philadelphia.
The rest of the country is served with lounges in Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco. All other cities will use other airline and airport lounges, which probably makes sense if you only have a single daily flight operating there.
It’s interesting how there is no lounge operated by British Airways in England outside of London. You would think that would be where they have the most coverage, and indeed they used to. Will they come back? Who knows!
What do you think of the lounge situation? Should there be more in Europe and the UK, or is this about right? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.