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Which BA European routes do not offer lounge access?

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On Saturday we ran a review of the ANA lounge at Porto airport.  This is notable because – whilst it is the only lounge at Porto – British Airways refuses to pay for Club Europe or status passengers to use it.

(If you read HFP by email, you didn’t receive this review because I felt it was a bit of a niche topic to drop into 10,000 inboxes.  You can read the article here.)

Courtesy of Flyertalk, I have a list of all British Airways short-haul destinations which do not offer lounge access.  This is a great bit of crowd sourcing work from the FT community. Keep this list in mind next time you book a trip and are considering whether to upgrade to Club Europe or not.

These airports have no lounge at all so you can’t blame BA for not letting you in!

Bergen, Flesland Airport BGO

Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne BIQ

Corfu / Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport CFU

Chania International Airport CHQ

Chambery-Savoie CMF

Bergerac-Roumaniere EGC

Friedrichshafen FDH

Fuerteventura FUE

Grenoble-Isere GNB

Frederico Garcia Lorca GRX

Innsbruck INN (EDIT: a Priority Pass lounge opened 12/17)

Skiathos Island National JSI

Santorini JTR


Kalamata KLX

Limoges LIG

Menorca MAH

San Javier MJV

Nantes Atlantique NTE

Asturias OVD

Pula PUY

Rotterdam RTM

Quimper-Cornouaille UIP

These airports have a lounge but BA refuses to pay for it:

You can use a Priority Pass instead at these airports:

Lanzarote ACE

Cagliari/Elmas CAG

Catania/Fontanarossa CTA

Madeira FNC

Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis HER

Humberside HUY

Ibiza IBZ

Mykonos JMK

John Paul II International Krakow-Balice KRK

Montpelier MPL

Olbia/Costa Smeralda OLB

Francisco de Sa Carneiro, Porto OPO

Palermo/Punta Raisi PMO (landside)

Thessaloniki Macedonia International SKG (as of 1st July 2017)

Split SPU

Sevilla SVQ

Rhodes – Diagoras International RHU

Tallinn TLL

These airport lounges only accepts cash and not Priority Pass / Lounge Club:

Brindisi/Casale BDS

Bordeaux-Merignac BOD

Bodrum – Milas Bodrum International BJV

Bari/Palese International BRI

Dalaman International DLM

London City Airport LCY (in the Private Jet Terminal)

Paphos International PFO

Stavanger, Sola SVG

These airports have lounges run by other airlines which BA cannot access:

Keflavik International KEF

Please bear in mind that this is crowd sourced list and 100% accuracy is not guaranteed – but it should be close enough.

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  1. Does BA have to cover reasonable expenses for food/drinks if no lounge access is given, either when flying Club or as a Silver/Gold member? Or do the T&Cs specify lounge access “only where available”?

  2. Scottydogg says:

    Glad Venice airport is not on there , im just about to book business flights for February 🙂

    • The Marco Polo lounge is quite smart, but the food and drink are ordinary. You should be alright in Feb (unless it is raining) but it is a v. long walk from the terminal to where you catch buses and taxis.
      Are you going to Carnevale? I took my wife for her 50th; very atmospheric with the fog.
      I can strongly recommend Hilton Stucky Molino.

  3. Heraklion has a couple of lounges. We recently used the landslide one as we were too early to check in. It was perfectly nice. The airside lounge looked like it would have a very good view of the runway.

    Heraklion is not one of Europe’s lovelier airports so you’ll want to use a lounge.

  4. The lounge at Gibraltar doesn’t have much in the way of F & B, however it does have a lovely balcony area where you can sit and look out over the rock and the runway. Much nicer than wet tarmac at Manchester!

  5. Rotterdam has no Lounge but for at least Silver, Gold and CE you get a voucher for limited number of drinks and snacks after security

  6. dicksbits says:

    Granada has no lounge (LCY seasonal route). Well the lounge is there but permanently closed.

  7. Lewis Watson says:

    London city

  8. O/T (slightly ) My family and I had lounge access at Malaga in the summer . The lounge was located between security and passport control and every ten minutes or so in the lounge there were announcements reminding us to make our way to passport control ASAP because there might be delays. The situation took away a lot of feeling of lounge relaxation that we were hoping for . Security -Lounge – Passport seemed like an odd order for the airport to have.

    • This is typical in Schengen area airports because the lounges usually serve both domestic and international passengers. Toulouse airport, for one, shows the number of minutes delay – or not – to go through passport control on a screen in the lounge and it is accurate,

      • Thank you . My previous lounge experiences had all been UK and Ireland, so this would have been the first Schengen one.

  9. Having recently return from both Copenhagen and Vienna where there was no fast track and the lounges are so poor that there are much nicer bars and restaurants in and around the airport. Food offering was average at best and seat pitch no bigger. Makes you wonder what you are paying for with a short/medium club return. Having said that food to Budapest going out (being considered a longer route) was excellent, In future will consider club out economy back

  10. Andrew Eley says:


    Brindisi and Bari for the Summer don’t have a lounge.

  11. Where airports have landside lounges for arrivals or departures can we access these with Priority Pass etc alone or do we also need a boarding pass for a flight on the same day?

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