Milan Linate airport reopened yesterday for the start of the Winter timetable, albeit with a warning that the full refurbishment of the airport will not be complete until the middle of 2020.
British Airways has taken advantage of the closure to refurbish its lounge at Linate, which opened yesterday alongside the airport. Looking at the pictures released yesterday, they have done a good job. You could imagine that the uninspiring mess that is the new Business Class lounge at New York JFK never happened ….
To quote BA:
A brighter environment, new seating and powered hub tables in the new office layout provide the perfect working conditions, while those who want to make the most of their downtime can enjoy enhanced dining options including the introduction of hot dishes in the refurbished dining area.
Brand new British-made Boss armchairs, specifically designed for British Airways, are complemented by relaxing, decorative lighting by UK based Tyson lighting. Adapting the lounge design to the location, high quality Italian finishes are used, including terrazzo stone flooring and Carrara marble.
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We know the difference our lounges make to our customers, be they travelling on business or for pleasure, so we have ensured that the upgraded lounge in Linate is a calm, comfortable and attractive space where they can make use of the wi-fi and enjoy complementary catering to get their journey off to the best start.”
As usual, the lounge is open to anyone travelling in Club Europe or holding a British Airways Executive Club Gold or Silver card, or oneworld equivalent. The usual small print applies – you will also get in if travelling in Euro Traveller but connecting to a same-day Club World flight, for example.
Next up are the new lounges in Johannesburg and Geneva, both due before the end of 2019.
PS. A reader was there today and sent us this picture, which you can compare with the manicured PR version above! It still looks good though:
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