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British Airways launches new lounge in Belfast ahead of Terminal 5 move

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British Airways launched its new lounge at Belfast City Airport last week.  This comes ahead of the move of the Belfast service from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 at Heathrow, due to take place in October.

EDIT 2022:  This lounge was permanently closed during the pandemic.  BA passengers now use the Aspire lounge, which confusingly then moved into the old British Airways space.

When I first published this post on Saturday, the only photos I had were of Willie Walsh in the lounge.  However, thanks to reader Lewis, I now have a few decent ones which show the lounge properly:

British Airways Belfast lounge new 4


British Airways Belfast lounge new 1


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According to the press documents:

The British Airways Belfast lounge offers panoramic views of the airfield, and offers an exclusive experience for customers. Located airside and adjacent to Door A, the lounge offers direct boarding on to the aircraft.

Features of the British Airways lounge include:

87 comfortable seats
Work zone
Power outlets throughout the lounge
Complimentary Wi-fi throughout the lounge
New ‘air’ print technology enabling customers to print from their mobile devices
Televisions and a choice of newspapers and magazines
Full complimentary bar
Extensive choice of food, with a menu that changes throughout the day

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 2023)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (9)

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  • CraigS says:

    Raffles will be there Tues, so can take some and send them to you.

  • Gordon says:

    Raffles any news on whether BA will start a gatwick flight from belfast? With so many BA European holiday destination flights going from Gatwick it makes BA very difficult to use.

  • olybeast says:

    That’s great 🙂

  • Lady London says:

    Worth a reminder that apparently normal rates of APD do not apply out of Belfast?

    • Rob says:

      APD is zero on direct long-haul flights from Belfast, but this doesn’t apply if changing in Heathrow. This means it applies to exactly one flight, the United service to Newark!

      • Brendan Sweeney says:

        Bit of a farce isn’t it! Even that flight is nothing more than competitively priced

  • Andrew says:

    Great photos – looks very like the new lounges at Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    • Fidelityutensils says:

      I was just about to type that very statement! 🙂

  • E14 says:

    So if all 87 seats are taken, each person will get a 1/4 if a sandwich …. Can’t wait to say goodbye to the T1 domestic lounge though – I will not be visiting on its last day

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