British Airways adds three new lounges in Europe (and a reminder of cities still without)

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Back in September, we published a list of British Airways European destinations which did not offer lounge access.

There are some airports on the British Airways network which simply do not have an airport lounge, as I found out in Pula, Croatia last Summer.  There isn’t much British Airways can do about this.

There are others, however, where there is a lounge but British Airways simply refuses to pay for it.  There were some where BA’s sister company, Iberia, was happy to pay but BA was not!

Yesterday British Airways announced some good news.  Lounge access is now available at three of the airports on the list:

Innsbruck (we covered the opening of that lounge here)

Ibiza (Anika reviewed the lounge here)


You can now access the lounges at these airports if you are flying in Club Europe, or are flying in Euro Traveller with a suitable status card.

The campaign continues though!  These airports have a lounge but BA refuses to pay for it:

(EDITS: Paphos and Bodrum move to Priority Pass list, Stavanger, Bodrum, Biarritz and Montpelier deleted as no longer flown)

These airports have a lounge which BA won’t pay for but you can use a Priority Pass instead:

Lanzarote ACE

Cagliari/Elmas CAG

Catania/Fontanarossa CTA

Madeira FNC

Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis HER

Humberside HUY

Mykonos JMK

John Paul II International Krakow-Balice KRK

Olbia/Costa Smeralda OLB

Francisco de Sa Carneiro, Porto OPO

Palermo/Punta Raisi PMO (landside)

Paphos International PFO

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

Split SPU

Rhodes – Diagoras International RHU

Tallinn TLL

These airports have a lounge which BA won’t pay for and which only accept cash, not Priority Pass / Lounge Club:

Brindisi/Casale BDS

Bordeaux-Merignac BOD

Bari/Palese International BRI

Dalaman International DLM

London City Airport LCY (in the Private Jet Terminal)

And finally, here is a reminder of British Airways-served airports which have no lounge at all so you can’t blame BA for not letting you in:

Bergen, Flesland Airport BGO

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

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

KEF in Iceland has a lounge but only for Icelandair use.

PS.  This is a crowd-sourced list originally developed by Flyertalk readers, E&OE!

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  1. I think I’m on the world’s worst value Club Europe flight in August:

    London City to Florence (return)

    No lounge at either airport.
    2-2 config / no blocked middle seat.

  2. IanMacK says:

    Good news on Innsbruck. Flew back out of there early January – no lounge access as BA hadn’t signed the deal at (and INN airport is pretty minimalist).
    In and out of INN week after next so looking forward to lounge for return flight.

  3. What about a list of lounges that a CE will definitely get you in?

    • What do you mean? The list above is exactly that.


      Search for the airport on there. You’ll get into any lounge that requires sapphire or better on a Club Europe ticket.

      • I don’t think that’s actually the whole picture – for example if you use that link to check FNC, it shows the lounge available for “Business Class / First Class / Sapphire Tier / Emerald Tier”. But above that, it also states “Access for eligible customers traveling on these oneworld member airlines only.” with an Iberia logo. I fell foul of this a year or so back, and was denied access as silver on BA flight.

  4. Porto has a lounge – no BA access. I got in with Lounge Club

  5. Dicksbits says:

    What about Granada

  6. ankomonkey says:

    Dalaman/DLM has a lounge you can enter with Priority Pass but not Lounge Club (as of October 2017). No idea if BA CE passengers get access, but this article suggests not.

  7. Pam Peers says:

    on a recent trip from Naples, the third party lounge was not open due to strike action … BA was offering business class passengers, including us, a voucher for 8 Euros in compensation! As I have pointed out to BA in an email, this was not enough to pay for a sandwich and a bottle of water, let alone the level of refreshments normally available in a business class lounge. Two and a half weeks later, I am still waiting for a BA response

    • Don’t hold your breath, they are not interested.

    • Absolutely BA are not interested. I complained to BA about being stranded in Germany with family for two days, after light snow at Heathrow in early December. I am still waiting for BA to cough up for hotel costs; 52 days and counting……….

  8. Cardiff airport doesn’t currently accept one world

  9. O/T – Just activated my BAPP card and it shows the progress bar for the £10K in annual spend on the dashboard and the app but there’s no mention of the bonus Avios for spending the £3k in 3 months. Am I looking in the wrong place?

  10. JJ Almond says:

    The Bari lounge is terrible and not staffed. Just a code to enter a room and tvs that don’t work, but free campaign sodas from a fridge.

  11. Have they finally got the lounge sorted at OPO (Porto?) When i went last year it wasn’t included….

  12. Ed Warrick says:

    Don’t forget Aberdeen!

  13. Well the Icelandair lounge at KEF can be used also by LH and Finnair passengers, so I would include it in the list of airports with lounges for which BA refuses to pay…

  14. Just flew out from Abu Dhabi to LHR. I arrived at Terminal 1 and was told that BA checkin does not open till 11:00pm, 3 hrs before the flight boards. No BA staff present. This information came from Eithad staff. It was 9:00pm so I had 2 hours to kill. Eventually the checkin opened and I headed straight to the business lounge, (as it was my first time here) I proceeded to Eithad’s Premium Lounge , only to be told, sorry you’re in the wrong lounge and pointed me in the right direction. I was immediately informed at the reception, again non BA staff; maximum stay 3 hours and as the flight was leaving in this 3 hour window I wouldn’t need to be ‘turfed out’ , in case I was over the 3hrs. I don’t know if any of you have visited this lounge, suffice to say it’s more like a 70’s school hall waiting room with the chairs to match!
    “British Airways adds three new lounges ” – I think they need to sort out their existing lounges before opening up new ones.
    My first trip to Abu Dhabi with BA and I’ve learned the hard way parting with all that cash! Rest assured I WON’T be making that mistake again !

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