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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. Nigel S says:

    We are flying to KEF and return in April and I have read somewhere that you are given vouchers in lieu of the lounge – is this correct? Also we are flying CE from T5 for the first time with a party of 7 with 3 young children (sorry!) – any tips please? Thanks!

    • Unless your travel dates avoid the Easter school hols there will be loads of children so don’t worry about yours. On the downside, this will mean the lounges are extremely busy. There doesn’t seem to be much difference between North and South these days. Depending on the ages of the children the free wifi is good, and they can be entertained by sending them to get crisps and mini cans out of the fridges. There’s not much to do in the so-called “children’s areas” though, so don’t rely on them for entertainment. You should have your seats allocated about 3 days before the flight as you’re travelling with children, so at that point you can go onto and change the seats if you find something better. The trays on the blocked out middle seats are great for putting toys and snacks on. I assume you can also order kids’ meals, but these can be decidedly ropy, so if they are fussy eaters bring a coolbag of sandwiches etc for them. And make the most of that luggage allowance, you don’t want to spend your holiday trying to track down bits and pieces in the local shops!

    • There is a lounge but Icelandair control it and other airlines can’t get in. Not sure about vouchers though.

      Stick the kids in the Galleries Club playroom and shut the door, they’ll be fine 🙂

    • No vouchers for us when coming back from KEF as Silver in Club Europe last June

    • Trickster says:

      No, I don’t think you get vouchers. Or at least we didn’t in November 2016. Would be good though if they did given the prices.

  2. Tina Hammond says:

    Whatv about long haul? I thought NBO/Nairobi was BA Loungeless (QR passengers only allowed in)??

    Happy to be proved wrong!

  3. EuroTraveller says:

    Paphos does have a small lounge which can be accessed with priority pass:

    It is quite small, but then so is the terminal.
    Snacks, soft drinks and small selection of wine / spirits. No hot food from memory.

  4. The problem is closer to home too. You should also add LHR T2, where connecting Gold passengers to Ireland on a BA ticket are denied access to the Aer Lingus lounge because BA refuse to pay for it.

    • BA Gold definitely get into the Aer Lingus T2 lounge. No guests though and not sure about Silver.

      • Silver also have access in the Aer Lingus T2 lounge when flying to Dublin and vice versa in Dublin when flying to LHR. No guest is correct.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. Dicksbits says:

    What about Granada

  10. 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.

  11. 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……….

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