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No 1 Traveller lounge at Stansted to close permanently on Christmas Eve

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The No 1 Traveller ‘pay as you go’ lounge at London Stansted is to close for good on Christmas Eve.

This is not a great loss, to be honest.  Because it was situated on one of the piers, it was only accessible to some passengers, not all, depending on which gate your flight was allocated.  (The round trip if your flight went from a different pier was quite a trot.)

Whilst I never visited myself, general feedback was that it never managed to reach the very high standards of the No 1 Traveller lounges at Gatwick.  You may remember my review of the Gatwick North lounge earlier in the year which is substantially better in every respect than the British Airways lounge upstairs.

Heathrow No 1 Traveller lounge

The good news is that an ‘Escape’ lounge is due to open in the main terminal in February.  Some of the No 1 Traveller staff have been offered jobs in the new facility.

‘Escape’ is the lounge brand owned by Manchester Airport.  The new ‘Escape’ lounge at East Midlands Airport (also owned by Manchester Airport, as is Stansted) looks very impressive as I wrote a couple a months ago.  I have also enjoyed my two visits to the ‘Escape’ lounge in Manchester Terminal 3 used by Virgin Little Red.

In the long run, this will be a positive development if the new ‘Escape’ facility maintains the brand standards – especially as its position in the main terminal will make it easy for everyone to access.

Comments (6)

  • andystock says:

    One of my work mates went and the feedback was poor. Awful location and apparently it was tiny. This was after I spoke positively about no 1 lounge Gatwick North and Edinburgh.

  • Rob says:

    Priority Pass gave you access to priority security queue at Stansted (as a tie in with the no. 1 lounge).Will this continue to be the case now? Without access to priority security it would make less included to use Stansted as their security queues can sometimes be quite long.

  • Rob says:

    (I agree the lounge was pretty crap and was way too small – marginally better than waiting in general area)

  • Aliks says:

    We only used it once when on a Ryanair flight to Madrid – which made it specially convenient for our gate.

    I found it to be a reasonable facility, but in such a tiny isolated area I guess it was uneconomic.

  • Dev says:

    Awful location… the end of the RyanAir pier and a massive schlep to your flight, if with any other airline from Stansted. The lounge itself was ok…a group of us went to Amsterdam for the weekend and it worked out to about £8 entry each (using STN staff discount & my PriorityPass). We had more than £8 worth of booze and food to ensure we got value.

  • Steve says:

    I used the lounge on a frequent basis when using Ryan Air. I never had any complaints. You pay for what you get. I had access through Airport Angel. The food was always well cooked and presented and you could have most drinks for “free”. Maybe I will be one of the few that will miss it.