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.
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.