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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. Gerry says:

    Still no lounge at CFU Rob. That café outside is sounding more likely?

  2. Harry says:

    The large ounge at Paphos is particularly good for a holiday destination without a Business base, however I remember the Manageress telling me that it gets very crowded in the summer. The food offerings are good for a holiday airport, much better than either regular lounge in Manchester for example. The major drawback is the glass wall facing the inside of the terminal which makes you feel as though you are in fish tank. The lounge at Catania only holds about 15-20 people comfortably (unless it has been expanded since I was there a year ago). Unlike Paphos the food offerings are somewhat meager although attractively presented and fresh, but it is comfortable and bright. The TAP Portugal lounge in Madeira is a bit dated.

  3. lcylocal says:

    Nuremberg and Cologne/Bonn are winter-only flights and didn’t have a lounge as of the end of their last operating season. They are both in the timetable again for this winter and BA haven’t said anything so they should probably be in your list.

  4. Richard says:

    Presumably no compo if there’s no lounge?

  5. Sergio says:

    There is a ‘VIP’ lounge at Verona airport that is accessible to British Airways passengers travelling in Club Europe. However the lounge does close at 21:30, so if you are travelling back on the 23:20 departure to Gatwick you will need to get to the airport early to make use of the lounge.

  6. David says:

    The problem with JMK (Mykonos) is that the lounge is TINY. Probably capacity for a dozen max, assuming they are not all one group so spread around. One BA City flight full of Club and status passengers would overwhelm it.

    • Gin and Tonic Please says:

      Completely agree. That said, the airport is going through a major refurb over the next 12 (possibly 24) months, so fingers crossed they put in a proper lounge facility. I’m guessing BA are waiting to see what happens with that before doing anything.

      • Julian says:

        But its a sunny beautiful island so why would you want to spend an extra hour in the airport lounge rather than at the beach?

  7. Alex Marunchak says:

    re BA club lounges. It’s all very well for the company to trumpet the opening of lounges abroad but what a pity they have yet to open a club class lounge for passengers at London City Airport. Absolutely scandalous that one does not exist.

    • Julian says:

      Totally agree re no London City lounge and would never travel Club class from LCY for that reason if I could possibly avoid it. Although if there was only a Club seat available for Avios redemption and no equivalent Club flight to the same destination from Heathrow in exchange for Avios the same day then may have to consider it at some point.

      And no mention of any lounge in the London City expansion plans up to 2025 at

    • Genghis says:

      The whole point of London City was to rock up and head straight to the gate. It’s getting a bit too big for that purpose now, however

      • And there are two lounges at City if you don’t mind walking over the the Private Jet Centre and paying – but you will get driven to your aircraft.

      • Problem with City, as you see from the priority boarding line, is that the majority of passengers on the business routes have status. Let’s make up some numbers and say that BA is 50% of City’s capacity and that 33% of BA passengers from City are Silver or Gold. This means that 1 in 6 of all passengers would qualify for the BA lounge, and assuming that your lounge needs to be more spacious than the concourse then it would need about 30% of the entire terminal floor space!

        • Charlieface says:

          DXB is very clever in this respect as the lounge pretty much doubles up as another whole terminal

  8. Adam says:

    Stavanger was sadly pulled from the BA network last year (I think!) – personally sad to see it go as was a convenient connection for visiting family. The lounge there was really nice, but only seemed to be KLM allowing passengers to use it.

  9. Gin and Tonic Please says:

    We went to the lounge at Catania last year on PP. Wow, honestly the smallest and worst one I’ve been in. Capacity for max 25 (very friendly) people and absolute minimum refreshments. Not surprised BA haven’t signed up to using it.

  10. YouthfulGCH! says:

    It would seem that Gran Canaria is without a lounge too. Only showing on the oneworld website as available to Iberia customers. Happy to be corrected though, especially with a BA flight from there planned for June!

    • Julian says:

      Surely BA must be able to secure access rights there as if one is flying from any other Spanish airport on a BA flight with an Iberia lounge when travelling in BA Club one can always access the Iberia lounge at that airport. Have done just that at Son San Juan airport (also sometimes called Mallorca Airport more than once.

  11. Michael C says:

    OT Cathay avios availability: looking for a quick HKG-BKK in late July, but nothing in any class on any day. Is it possible they’ll be released nearer the time?

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