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Review of the British Airways lounge, Glasgow Airport

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This is our review of the British Airways business class lounge at Glasgow Airport.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

A couple of weeks ago I had to travel to Glasgow and took the opportunity to check out both lounges in the airport.  My review of the Upperdeck Lounge will follow later.  Today I want to review the British Airways lounge.

Let me start by saying that I was impressed by this facility.  It is not huge – the Upperdeck lounge reviewed here is larger and brighter – but the designers have done a great job in creating a lounge with a number of distinct zones to suit whatever mood you are in.

The new lounge opened in 2013 and has a capacity of 150, double that of the previous lounge.  It is situated down by the British Airways gates, whereas the Upperdeck lounge is situated above the shopping and dining area.

This shot gives an impression of the size of the lounge:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

The two food islands are the focal point.  I was there over lunch and it was the typical BA sandwich fare.

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

At the back is the work area where I spent most of my time.  Behind that are a number of sofas and large comfy chairs.

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

If you want to sit with your partner, there are a number of tables for two along one wall:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

Here is the drink selection which was impressively comprehensive.  I was told that the lounge used to have a selection of rare whiskies in the evenings but that it has now been pared back.

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

And if you want a hot drink:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

And some more of the seating:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

Because of the time I was there, I can’t comment on what you might find over breakfast or dinner and whether it is better than the restaurants in the central area.  I thought it was an attractive, well laid out space and the perfect place to while away an hour before a flight.

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Comments

  1. I’ve always found the Scottish lounges to be some of the best in the country and I too have a particular affection for Glasgow. At lunchtime the cheese and biscuits are super. A year or two ago they also had a very nice St Emilion Grand Cru on offer – a great combination. Last time I was up there, they had no French wine at all. The staff did apologise for this and, to be fair, the Spanish red wines on offer were quite good too.

    In reply to James A’s question, this may very well all change when BA introduce Club Europe on domestic flights. We made an early booking for a flight up to GLA in a month or two. Normally I would expect to be able to book a seat near the front but I noticed the front 9 rows were not available. I don’t know whether this was BA preparing for the introduction of CE and the last time I looked it was still not possible to book CE on this route. However, Rob has advised us of BA’s intention to introduce CE on domestic routes from 1 April.

    • On some flights the front 9 rows get blocked out, had this before not sure the reason (aircraft type?). I have a few domestic flights booked this year where it’s just the front 6 rows.

    • Yes, the wine offerings at GLA have been very good in the past – often better than GF at T5, IMHO.. Will be back there later in the week so will check.

      Not sure if champagne is available on request, as it is at BHD IIRC?

  2. Can’t comment on the BA. GLA lounge, and not much help to anyone unless on Emirates ( or Quantas ) but was in the Emirates lounge last year and was really quite impressed. Very helpful staff, nice atmosphere, really nice F&B offerings. Maybe it’s a Glasgow ‘thing’.

  3. Slightly O/T but one of the gems of my unfortunate downgrade experience was the wonderful lady (Gail) at EDI lounge reception, true to the spirit of “Fly to Serve” couldn’t of been more helpful, yes I recognise her hands were tied in what she personally could assist with, but I’ll definitely be grateful for how she showed empathy and genuine concern for our ill treatment by

    • the other parts of the BA organisation..

    • Will need to look out next week and see if Gail is who I’m thinking of or not – there’s certainly a lady who is often on reception in the EDI lounge and is always really welcoming and helpful!

  4. OT – been sitting on BA1464 for over 2 hours while they change a braking unit at LHR. Now we have a “slight passenger issue”. Captain done a lap and crew apologised for only being able to sell us stuff from the trolley. Not possible to disembark and return to the Lounge despite sitting at the gate for all this time.

    I’m now waiting for crew to go out of hours or the delay to miraculously drop below 2 hours before we arrive back in Edinburgh. I’d rather be in bed but 2 x €250 would soften the blow a little. Going to be tight.

  5. harry w says:

    whilst I enjoy the improvement in the new lounge, I am always complaining about the poor breakfast early in the morning, particularly the croissants, they always seem to be day old and stale. I notice the difference when I get the Heathrow and see the difference in quality there. During the afternoon and evening the quality of food is better. If the other cafes in the airport can get fresh breakfast items I can’t see why BA can’t. In this era of having to pay on board there is certainly room for improvement in the morning.

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