British Airways adds lounges access at eight European airports

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British Airways has added lounge access at eight more European airports.

Over the last year British Airways has been working hard to add lounge access for eligible customers at European airports where it has no lounge of its own.

There will never be 100% coverage because a few small airports, mainly at holiday destinations, do not have a lounge.  There are other airports, however, where British Airways had previously refused to do a deal with an existing third party lounge.

BA passengers at the following airports will gain lounge access ‘during’ Summer 2019:

  • Thessaloniki
  • Paphos
  • Heraklion
  • Dalaman
  • Olbia (picture below)
  • Palermo
  • Rhodes
  • Split

British Airways adds airport lounge at Olbia

The airports below gained lounge access during 2018:

  • Innsbruck
  • Bordeaux
  • Ibiza
  • Krakow
  • Seville
  • Porto
  • Reykjavik

Airports WITHOUT lounge access for BA passengers, but where a lounge does exist, include (and this list may not be 100% accurate, please correct me in the comments):

  • Lanzarote
  • Cagliari
  • Catania
  • Madeira
  • Mykonos
  • Montpelier
  • Brindisi
  • Bari
  • Cologne

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  1. Julian says:

    Have BA started flying to Stavanger again then?

    I flew back via there with BA on Avios in 2014 after my trip back from Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) to Oslo with Norwegian and then on the overnight sleeper train (only had a recliner seat though) from Oslo. Reason was there was no Avios availability from Oslo for another week or two (in Club or Economy) but there was availability in both classes from Stavanger. Plus the overnight sleeper was I think only 30 Euros (despite being a rather slow but scenic, once light, trip of just over 200 miles)

    The world beach volleyball championships of some kind were on when I got to Stavanger (possible to see some of the heats without a ticket) and I also got to see the oil exploration museum later in the day (train arrived early morning but flight out was in the evening) but I remember feeling rather tired trying to make myself go round that and read the exhibits.

    But unless I remember wrong BA axed the route (operated by a franchise partner back then) soon afterwards. I presume it has been resurrected due to the oil industry related traffic rather than for tourism related reasons?

    Surprised they can’t get lounge access either there or at Bari, Brindisi, Catania and Cagliari as all are cities with significant business as well as holiday functions. The lounge in Ibiza was always rather odd being of a dance music industry focused theme in line with one of the island’s main (although seasonal) economic activities. BA’s Club tickets to these destinations used to be such a ripoff price wise that there was no excuse for not having lounge access but I believe the cash cost has come down considerably as a result of the reduction in legroom to Economy class cabin levels (free middle seat and free meal and drink plus lounge, where available, now being the only benefit)

    • Shoestring says:

      2x 32kg luggage

      • Julian says:

        No extra club class luggage allowance when BA doesn’t even operate a flight to or from Stavanger any more (or rather its flag carrying franchise partner no longer does as of winter 2017).

        It would actually be a thankless task being an HfP story writer with all the people on this website who know better because they have actually flown the route and so know what is currently actually going on at that airport…………

  2. David O'Sullivan says:

    No lounge access at Cologne

  3. Tracy Regan says:

    I’m flying back from Heraklion to LGW tomorrow and the information has changed from no lounge to

    Skyserv Lounge
    Located airside and after security check point
    We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    corporate-wage-slave on Flyertalk has said its the Goldair Lounge. I’ll report back tomorrow.

    • Julian says:

      Is this a business rather than a leisure trip noting that you are returning back to the UK on a Friday. Or is that only because tickets were cheaper on a Friday than any other day of the week?

      Crete is a great island for a holiday due to the huge variety of beaches plus the archaeological sites on top. Although you do tend to rack up rather a lot of miles on the hire car as a result……..

      • Tracy Regan says:

        I actually booked this trip as a BA Holiday as it was by the cheapest way of doing it.

    • Rob Walker says:

      I paid for the Goldair lounge via lounge buddy last year after a previous bad experience at a Greek airport (Rhodes). The lounge was little bigger than a cupboard! There was a constant stream of BA passengers being turned away as we were checking in. I believe it’s also on Priority Pass but we didn’t have Amex Plat at that time. HER didn’t turn out to be as bad as we imagined.

      I thought the ‘other’ lounge was either landside or possibly in the Schengen area of the terminal. Could be wrong, or things may have changed.

      • Kevin says:

        We used the landside lounge at Heraklion two years ago as we early at the airport and check in didn’t open for ages. It was much nicer than the hot, very crowded terminal. Takes Priority Pass, etc.

    • Richard says:

      Hi Tracy, do you see that info in manage my booking? As off to Thessaloniki soon and not sure if it’ll be ‘summer’ or not.

      • Richard says:

        Answering my questions all week. Yes, in manage my booking and Thessaloniki now saying Lounge
        Manolis Andronikos Skyserv Lounge
        Main Terminal, Departure Level 1st Floor, Next to Gate A3, After Security
        We apologise for any inconvenience caused

      • Tracy Regan says:

        Yes, it’s in the manage my booking. It changed form saying no lounge to the information I posted above.

  4. Julian says:

    I thought I wasn’t imagining this service discontinuation in winter 2017 to Stavanger. See

    But it seems services must have restarted again more quietly unless the BA lounge access there is merely for Exec Club cardholders using SAS, Norwegian or whatever other services to transit to Stavanger.

    However just checked at and Stavanger is not listed as an available airport destination at all. So not even offered as somewhere you can get to with OneWorld alliance partners.

    Just checked at and only SAS and Norwegian offer direct flights to Stavanger from the UK as well as connecting services via Oslo.

    So seems like some kind of outdated cut and paste factual error in Rob’s list of airports with BA flights offering Club class service but without Club lounge access at the overseas airport………

  5. kevin says:

    Does anyone know whether BA has resolved their dispute at LPA. Last time I was there in late march they were giving out 10 euro vouchers instead of lounge access

  6. Neil says:

    No lounge access at Funchal as of Easter 2018

  7. Andrew says:

    Ask Alan Partridge if he’ll review the Norwich lounge for you 😉

    • Shoestring says:

      They had some Pouilly Fuisse – quite good – but all this wine nonsense! You get all these wine people, don’t you? Wine this, wine that. Let’s have a bit of red, let’s have a bit of white. Ooh, that’s a snazzy bouquet. Oh, this smells of, I don’t know, basil. Sometimes you just want to say, sod all this wine, just give me a pint of…mineral water
      The chemical toilet was a Saniflow 33, now this little babe can cope with anything, and I mean anything. Earlier on I put in a pound of mashed up Dundee cake, let’s take a look…not a trace! Peace of mind I’m sure, especially if you have elderly relatives on board.
      Airports are great. I’d just like to fly a helicopter all around Norfolk. You know, swoop down over a field. Scare a donkey so that it falls into a river. Hover over one of those annoying families that go on holidays on bikes. And shout at them “get out of the area!” and watch them panic!

    • Julian says:

      I never did like Alan Partridge or Little Britain……………….

      • Mike says:

        I agree – all a bit “silly” rather than “funny”

      • Shoestring says:

        You should read the Steve Coogan books instead – very funny in a way that reflects but is funnier than the comic direction of the various TV series

      • Rhys spent 3 years at UEA and never used the airport once! We looked at it went he did the voco review in Cardiff but Norwich to Exeter and then slow train to Cardiff didn’t stack up.

        • Julian says:

          Not quite clear why Rhys had the voco review in Cardiff (think they called it a Viva in my day but it all took place in Exeter rather than elsewhere) or how you come to have that much knowledge of his university studies. Is he related to you or your wife in some way as well as working for you?

          I do wonder though if there wouldn’t be more demand for Norwich to Cardiff rather than Norwich to Exeter though. Norwich to Newquay seems like it would also make more sense.

          • IHG wanted voco reviewing, I had no interest in going to Cardiff for the 2nd time in 12 months, Rhys has friends in Cardiff.

            If they offer us the astounding-looking new InterCon in Lyon next month, however, I’ll take that one …

        • Julian says:

          Also a bit odd that there are no flights from Norwich to Paris, Barcelona, Rome or Venice as normal most popular European destinations,

        • EwanG says:

          The InterCon Lyon does look great but based on personal experience with Generim elsewhere in France, I expect there will be plenty of snagging and other issues! Good luck with IHG getting those fixed!

        • Genghis says:

          Voco is an IHG brand hotel. A viva voce at my alma mater is what you had to do if you were borderline pass / fail at undergrad.

        • signol says:

          There used to be Norwich to Paris flights, with Suckling, though I believe they stopped in 1999. Flybe also operated a Dublin flight, but not enough people used it. They even hired actors at one stage to artificially bump up the passenger numbers!

        • Julian says:

          Presume not enough people are nearer to Norwich than Stansted to want to pay the extra premium to travel from Norwich airport.

    • Have flown in and out of Norwich once to Manchester. The departure boards are a sight to behold…

      It’s full of just random words..

      Starlight challenger
      Deep Rouge
      Harvester Long
      (or words to that effect)….

      Basically, all of the platforms in the north sea.

      A shame FlyBE are dropping the route as the only alternative is THE worst train journey in the world (and longest, and poorest with regards to food and stuff), and it’s flat until the last 50 minutes, and the train goes in reverse twice (ELY and Sheffield)

  8. Julian says:

    Regarding Norwich that’s a not inconsiderable sized lounge for a regional airport so some regularly travelling business types must use it.

    Here are the places you can fly to directly from Norwich Airport:-

    Burgas, Bulgaria (Seasonal)
    Corfu (Seasonal)
    Dalaman (Seasonal)
    Heraklion (Seasonal)
    Ibiza (Seasonal)
    Málaga (Seasonal)
    Mallorca (Seasonal)
    Menorca (Seasonal)
    Paphos (Seasonal)
    Rhodes (Seasonal)
    Tenerife South

    International Interchange possibilities in Amsterdam are also obviously very considerable. All the seasonal routes are flown by TUI apart from Burgas, which is flown by BH Air.

    The runway at 6,040 feet is adequate for most 200 seater narrow bodied (single aisle) commercial aircraft so the limited service reflect the relatively low population level and several other major airports (Stansted and Luton in particular) not being that far away.

    • Julian says:

      Seems there are also some charter flights to Iceland, Lapland and Italy too………

  9. Daniel Sims says:

    I should of had access to Paphos lounge in March but BA passengers were not allowed in.
    Did query with BA and never heard back.

    • Shoestring says:

      As per article above, you don’t get lounge access just yet but it’s coming

  10. Anyone flying from T5 this afternoon? I’m in a middle seat in Y to JFK and have no lounge access. Can anyone guest me into anywhere 1-3pm?

    • Julian says:

      Is that middle in the middle of the plane? If so sounds nasty unless the plane in reality has plenty of spare seats and so you can move yourself.

      For instance BA routinely now slings you in the back few seats of their planes in an aisle seat short haul if you book a hand baggage only fare, even though you have an established preference for a window seat that they always previously honoured and also previously let you choose another empty seat anywhere in the plane within 24 hours of departure without paying extra.

      • I’ve been blessed with row forty-something!
        Net cost for LHR-JFK-LHR was £120 + 5k Avios so I can’t be too fussy…

        • Julian says:

          That does sound very low indeed (way below even Norwegian) but presume its a hand luggage only fare.

          Unfortunately hand luggage only fares are automatically also targeted for the rubbish seat assignments by BA’s check in computers unless you are willing to pay extra to get a decent one.

          Chances are the plane won’t be anyway near full and you will be able to reseat yourself nearer to a window and somewhere further forward in the plane at some point after takeoff.

          I’m assuming you were using Part Pay with Avios and not Avios plus Money to book

        • £284 fare
          -£100 for 5k Avios (promo earlier this year)
          -£50 Best Price Guarantee e-voucher (OTA selling same ticket for cheaper)

          Total £134
          (misremembered as £120)

          Almost as good as my £400 PE LHR-HKG-LHR on Lufthansa later this year…!

        • Yes, bottom of the barrel HBO…

          Will try my luck at the self check in kiosks later

  11. oonagh cacioppo says:

    Does anyone know if there is a lounge available in Thira Santorini ?

    • Julian says:

      There isn’t currently a lounge at Santorini airport according to

      Why not spend more time looking at the island and get to the airport nearer to flight time instead? When I am in a nice place I have often resented needing to get to the airport early to take advantage of having lounge access.

      • Julian says:


        Santorini airport building is quite small and the terminal can get very cramped and hot at the height of the season. The facilities at Santorini Airport have recently been upgraded with new check-in-counters, escalators, conveyer belts and passenger facilities.

        It is now able to serve up to six planes at the same time.

        At the Airport you can find:

        – Duty-free shop
        – ATM by Emporiki Bank
        – Jewellery shop
        – Meteorological Applications Center
        – Customhouse services
        – Cargo & Buggages Belts
        – Flight Information Display System
        – Pandair & Plotin Travel Agencies
        – Olympic Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Athens Airways Offices
        – cafe/bar
        – Rent a car Offices Herz, Europcar, Axion & Budget
        – Information desk. Tel +30 22860 28400

        So you could always phone the Information Desk if you want to make sure there is definitely still no business lounge of any kind at the airport.

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