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British Airways adds three new airport lounges in Innsbruck, Ibiza and Seville

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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)

Seville

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 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)

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

Kos KGS

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.


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Comments (57)

  • Zain says:

    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?

    • Jonny says:

      should be there but can be a little glitchy and take a few days to show up

  • 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.

  • Clare says:

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

  • Ed Warrick says:

    Don’t forget Aberdeen!

  • Peter says:

    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…

  • Jay says:

    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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