Leeds Bradford to open THREE new airport lounges this week

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Leeds Bradford International Airport is to open not one, not two but three new airport lounges this week!

Regular HFP readers will know that Manchester Airport has been slowly building up its in-house lounge capacity.  Instead of letting in third parties groups such as No 1 or Aspire, it has created its own brand, Escape.  It also opened a luxury lounge, 1903, in Terminal 3 last year which I reviewed here.

Leeds Bradford has presumably decided that anything Manchester can do, it can do better.  But has it bitten off more than it can chew?  We have already seen British Airways reduce its services to the airport in recent months and that was probably the most premium carrier it had.

This is what will open on Wednesday:

The Yorkshire Lounge

  • Treat yourself to our leisure lounge
  • Sit back and enjoy the runway view
  • Delicious snack menu
  • Open bar serving soft drinks, wine, beers and spirits
  • Selection of speciality teas, Yorkshire Tea and Fair Trade coffee
  • Relax and unwind with newspapers and magazines

The White Rose Suite

  • A relaxing retreat for business and leisure
  • Enjoy the excellent runway view
  • Barista coffee made to order, selection of speciality teas and Yorkshire Tea
  • Freshly prepared buffet food
  • Open bar serving wines, local craft beers and premium spirits
  • Relax and unwind with newspapers and magazines
  • Dedicated washroom

The 1432 Runway Club

  • A first-class lounge experience
  • Admire superb runway views
  • Made to order hot food menu including local speciality pies and cheese boards
  • Premium drinks range including Prosecco, quality wines, spirits and local craft beer
  • Selection of Fair Trade coffees, speciality teas and Yorkshire Tea
  • Relax and unwind with newspapers, magazines and television
  • Dedicated washroom

Leeds Bradford airport new lounges

Pricing appears aggressive, especially as none of them seem to offer champagne:

The Yorkshire Lounge – £24.95 adults, £15.95 children (3-11)

The White Rose Suite – £29.95 adults, £21.95 children (3-11)

The 1432 Runway Club – £34.95 adults, £27.95 children (3-11)

Priority Pass and Lounge Club guests can use The White Rose Suite, which is interesting as I would have assumed they would have sent people to the cheapest option.

The lounges accept incoming guest from 5am to 6pm.  There is no entry after 6pm and the lounges close at 8pm.

We haven’t been invited to any sort of opening event, so if you happen to be passing through any of these lounges from Wednesday and can take a few pictures I’d be grateful.

Full details are on the Leeds Bradford website here.

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Comments

  1. I linked to the sample menus for the new lounges in my blog post yesterday. If you want to take a look just scroll down to the section where the lounges are listed: https://saveecrewards.co.uk/blog/new-lounges-leeds-bradford-airport

    What’s not mentioned in the article above is that KLM serve LBA 3 times a day so both they and BA are likely to use the business (White Rose) lounge. It’ll be interesting to see how well the most expensive lounge performs. The cheapest lounge is aimed at leisure travellers from the likes of Jet2 which has many flights from the airport, remember it’s quite easy to spend £25 p.p on food and drink in the airport bars so the lounge can appeal in that regard.

    I should be in LBA sometime this month. I’ll take some pics if no one beats me to it.

  2. My understanding is that OWE/BA Golds will be able to use the middle tier? ‘Tea, ant’ a foldy chair ant’ Emmerdale luv’ OR ‘Tea, ant’ a foldy chair with a pumfee, ant’ Last o’ Summer Wine luv’ OR ‘Yorkshire tea and a bit of fizzy pop luv’ pretty much explains the tiers. 🙂

  3. Also, on footrests: in GF, the champagne area has lost them to be replaced them with a chair to each table. Much smarter. After a decade nearly… And the reupholstered seats two years ago. Champagne has been ‘upgraded’ too… though I suspect this is more due to supplier issues than a permanent change.

  4. Andrew Steele says:

    The headline bus into the airport hype a bit. The existing LBA lounge is already effectively two parts. One is allocated for business travelers and the other for all travelers including families.

    This announcement seems to be that there will be a new more premium lounge and that process for the business only area are increasing.

    Since LBA was privatised is various owners have focused on increasing revenues from passengers. Charging to drop off outside the terminal etc. Since there are few flights with business class products most users of the lounges are paying cash. This seems to be a means to charge them more.

    In summary – one more lounge and higher fees.

    • Although the current lounge is two sections isn’t the access fee the same for each section? Now each tier has a higher price.

      • Hingeless says:

        Yes it, is currently 2 identical lounges with the same price and a single entry point. When you arrive they decide if you are allowed to go right or left . . .

        • barnaby100 says:

          Recently they have had everyone in the business section- been overcrowded with shortage of seats . I have been going to sit alone in the tourist section to get some peace and quiet.

  5. No entry after 6pm seems a bit silly for a lounge that’s open for another two hours. It also means if you’re on the 6.50pm BA flight you have to arrive at least an hour early or you risk being shut out of the lounge before the flight.

    • I doubt that’s really going to be the case! The last slot you can book (if a paying guest) will be 6pm, but I doubt they’ll turn away people who are eligible when the lounge is still open. Their online booking page has always said 6pm as the final time. It’s been a while since I’ve used LBA but there was no issue getting in after 6pm and I’m sure that’ll still be the case.

  6. Im flying out of LBA today and possibly aGain on Sunday so will report back !

  7. I think the OH is flying out LBA-RIX on Wednesday on FR. Will ask her to grab a few shots of the Yorkshire Lounge as she’ll have her PP / Plat.

  8. Intentionally Blank says:

    You had me at Pies….

  9. I can’t believe they have found room for 3 lounges. I regularly go through LBA and I can’t think where they have found the space to put these lounges.
    The current lounge is usually empty at most times of day. Personally I can’t see all three lounges lasting too long

  10. Tim W says:

    OT – the lounge at Norwich is closed for most of this month. And they have dropped Priority Pass 🙁

  11. KyleA says:

    I flew from LBA to LHR BA, the Yorkshire Lounge looked like hell on earth. Full of kids and very cramped in like a goldfish bowl. Hopefully, the others offer a better product.

  12. Alex W says:

    “British Airways… was probably the most premium carrier it had”
    Oh dear, doesn’t say much for LBA! Scraping the barrel!

  13. The white rose one has turned up on priority pass & lounge club.
    https://www.prioritypass.com/en/Lounges/Europe/United-Kingdom/Leeds-Bradford/Leeds-Bradford-International/LBA3-The-White-Rose-Suite

    The original yorkshire one isn’t listed any more and the more premium runway club isn’t listed either. Really disliked the old yorkshire one, too small, no windows in the business side they always put me in, and no toilets close/inside the lounge.

    I’m travelling through tomorrow (Friday 12th Apr). Will try and get some photos of the white rose. Dedicated washrooms is def a bonus – had to leave the yorkshire before and walk a good bit to get to the gents.

  14. Thinking about it wonder if LBA would permit priority pass/lounge club holders to pay the advertised rate difference over white rose (£5) to access 1432 Runway Club?

  15. Chris Sutcliffe says:

    Used the new lounge before the Sunday morning flight. My phone decided the SD card was unreadable so no photo I’m afraid.

    Space is too small and with very limited charging points. Manned bar now. There is a staffed barista machine as well as a regular coffee machine now.

    I arrived about an hour before departure and ended up perched on a high table.

    The positive was a brilliant view.

    Overhead staff saying feedback was mixed (at best) with some customers saying the old space was better.

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