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:

    No lounge at Santorini according to but that also contradicts what Rob has told us about Mykonos now having a lounge but one that is still not available to BA customers.

    Its 15 years since my tour of nearly all the Cyclades islands but when I was there Mykonos already had a fairly impressive terminal and runway (I merely drove there on my quad bike but didn’t fly in to it) for a small Greek island but everything of consequence on Santorini seemed to come and go by boat (the dangerous donkey ride up and down the winding track on the cliff to the boat landing stage seemingly being one of the main tourist attractions on the island).

    Greek island airports are in general absurdly small (or at least were) in relation to the passenger numbers they handle in the summer season and the numerous islands do not lend themselves as readily to flashy and sophisticated airports at all of them.

    • Gin and Tonic Please says:

      That FT page is out of date. (I’ve sent feedback before but can’t edit it myself as I haven’t written enough comments to qualify.) Mykonos opened a lounger 2 years ago, and I’ve been 3 times on PP. It’s very nicely done, but tiny. It’s also airside in the ‘domestic terminal’, though that only means it’s in the left hand side of the building, about 5 min walk from security for international flights.

      • Honestly can’t be bothered with the lounge in JMK. After you’ve slung your case through the xray yourself there’s not a lot of point- the cafe airside is no real step down from the lounge! It’s a lot better than the old airport though – but now I’m really going back…

  2. Aaron says:

    Flew from Norwich back in November enroute to the US. I saw the lounge – you can fairly easily peer into it. It looks pretty rubbish and small – but more importantly I’m not sure why anyone would need to use it!! The terminal itself is very spacious and has loads of seating and you generally only ever have max 2 flights departing at any one time so you’d be more comfortable just grabbing a seat in the cafe or something. Unless of course you’re just after a bunch of free booze! But by no means should anyone actually pay their own money to get in.

    • Now that Loganair are moving in to compete with Eastern on the critical and high traffic Newcastle-Norwich route maybe fares will get so competitive I can head down and check it out 🙂

  3. Martin says:

    Flew to Tallinn at the beginning of March, before an onward flight to Helsinki. There is an executive lounge at the airport, but BA passengers are not entitled to use it though. We were pre-warned by the BA booking centre themselves, that BA wouldn’t pay the fees demanded by the operator.

    Fortunately though I hold a Lounge Pass & therefore was able to spend a comfortable couple of hours in the facility. Won’t win any awards, but it was large (compared to the overall terminal size), warm (it was apparently -10 outside that day) and as there was only ever a maximum of 8 passengers using it, nice & relaxed.

    • David says:

      It has a nice outdoor terrace too! Perhaps more appealing in the summer than in early March… Fortunately AY does pay for its passengers to use the lounge in Tallinn.

  4. John A says:

    I wouldn’t consider LCY as having much of a lounge, as it requires BA passengers to pay a fairly steep fee…

  5. PETER BULLOCK says:

    Paphos Airport – BA access was available in April 2019, we used it. Not particularly special, but acceptable range of sandwichesand good selection of wine and spirits. A haven of peace from the crowded departure lounge…..

  6. Vinz says:

    Gran Canaria has a lounge but no BA access. If you have status or flying business you’ll be given vouchers instead. If you have an Maex Plat you can use the lounge (very quiet) and use the vouchers to buy food at the airport. 🙂

  7. Tracy Regan says:

    Just to let everyone know there is a Skyserv lounge at Heraklion which looks brand new. It’s on the first floor after passport control opposite the Goldair Lounge. There is a selection of wine and spirits, coffee, Mythos and soft drinks. There are also some confectionery and a few snacks. Don’t starve yourself in anticipation but much nicer than sitting in the main airport.

  8. Simon says:

    There’s no BA lounge in Pula, although there did appear to be a lounge available in the terminal, but wasn’t open when I was last there in September.

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