News in brief:
Is British Airways closing the Newcastle lounge permanently?
According to reports on Flyertalk, British Airways is to close its lounge at Newcastle Airport.
Staff have, reportedly, been put into consultation over redundancy.
Whilst I would normally urge caution over such rumours, I know the person who posted the story and he is probably the most regular user of the Newcastle lounge!
It is not clear if British Airways passengers will be able to use the Aspire lounge, or indeed if BA will let Aspire take over the space.
Regular readers will remember that Aspire took over management of the British Airways lounge at Belfast City Airport last year, with a medium term plan to combine the space with its own facility.
There do not appear to be any other lounge closures planned at present, although you need to question whether airports like Aberdeen can sustain both a British Airways lounge and an excellent independent lounge.
Virgin Atlantic puts an A350, with the new Upper Class suite, onto Barbados
Barbados is one of the positive spots on the Virgin Atlantic network at the moment.
Not only is it a popular Winter destination, but there are no restrictions on travel for UK residents, apart from the need for a negative covid test result. You do not need to quarantine on your return to the UK either.
I’m not sure that word has got out, however. I had no trouble booking 4 x Upper Class reward seats over October half-term for my family, as a back-up plan in case the UAE quarantine rule is not lifted.
From 14th December to 30th April, Virgin Atlantic is now planning to operate an A350 on this route. This means that you will get the new Upper Class suite, pictured above, instead of the old-style A330-300 seat which we will getting in October.
If you are looking at options for a Winter getaway, this is well worth a look.
And if you need somewhere to stay ….
Travelzoo is offering an excellent hotel deal at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion at the moment – see here and the image below. You save over 50% and suites are included. I stayed here about 15 years ago and it is on a lovely stretch of beach. The voucher is fully refundable if you end up not going. Click here to learn more.