This is our review of the Amelia Earhart lounge at the City of Derry Airport.
It is part of our series on UK airport lounges. You can see the full list here, which is almost complete.
Since none of us are based in Northern Ireland reader Derek very kindly offered to review the Derry lounge for us. Another reader, Keith, supplied some of the photographs below and we also took some images from the airport and Priority Pass websites. Over to Derek:
“City of Derry Airport is a small publicly owned and funded airport in Northern Ireland, in the north west corner. In the early noughties the airport used to be a haven for tier point seekers with Loganair fares. In those days the executive lounge was in a conference room beside the control tower and only had a coffee machine.
Everything changed with the arrival of Ryanair. The main departure lounge was expanded and an extension added to provide new toilets, shops and a proper executive lounge, the Amelia Earhart Lounge. At present Ryanair is in retreat and Loganair has returned.
The Amelia Earhart Lounge at Derry
This lounge is a small rectangular room which can seat about twenty five people and faces out onto the airport apron. Anyone familiar with the now extinct old style of British Airways executive lounges at small regional airports such as Southampton will feel very much at home in it.
The entrance is located behind the checkout for the gift shop and the shop staff also act as the reception/lounge staff. It is best to check at the Customer Service desk before Security that the lounge is available so that they can get it ready for you.
On entering you are faced with two rows of seats. The row closest to the window consist of two small tables each with two small lounge chairs against the window and on the other side of the aisle two sofas.
The other row consist of two small tables each with two small lounge chairs backing onto the sofas and two tables with two chairs against the back wall. There are a few standard three pins UK sockets in the walls.
Food and drink
In the far corner from the entrance are the food and drink offerings. These are very limited. There are two fridges. The unlocked one contains soft drinks and water. The locked one contains beers, white wine (in quarter bottles) etc. There is a locked press beside the fridge that contains other alcoholic offerings.
There is a strict two free alcoholic drink limit in the lounge. On the window side is a kettle and Nespresso machine. Beside these are the only snacks: biscuits and crisps.
Access to the lounge is given to anyone travelling on Loganairs’ FlyFlex+ fares and holders of Priority Pass (free with American Express Platinum, or buy one here) or DragonPass lounge cards. It can be booked in advance on the City of Derry Airport website – normal price of £12.50 – and you can also pay on the door.
Note that the lounge does NOT accept the two free Lounge Club passes issued with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.
City of Derry airport is a small airport and the main waiting area is pleasant enough. The lounge is a more comfortable place to wait for your flight, is beside the departure gates and the staff are always very pleasant. Only once have I seen the lounge busy and that was when a Ryanair flight was delayed by four hours and people bought access to fill their time. For most flights there are no more than ten people using the lounge.”
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.