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Which British Airways UK lounges are open, which are closed and which will never reopen?

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Whilst British Airways has lounges up and running in Heathrow Terminal 5, the situation elsewhere is a lot more fluid – and a lot less positive.

Shortly before I went to Gibraltar, British Airways decided to reinstate access to the VIP lounge in the airport. (Quick review – it is OK, there isn’t much else going on in the terminal anyway, and it has outdoor balcony seats overlooking the runway which you rarely find.) Unfortunately it hasn’t been as proactive in the UK.

This is the current position as far we know, in alphabetical order:

British Airways Aberdeen lounge still closed

Aberdeen Airport

The British Airways lounge, above, is still closed but is expected to reopen at some point. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

Belfast City Airport

British Airways transferred management of this lounge to Aspire last year. In the last few days it has cancelled its contract with Aspire so you will no longer have access. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

EDIT: By coincidence, the Belfast City lounge reopened to British Airways passengers today.

Edinburgh Airport

The British Airways lounge is still closed but is expected to reopen at some point. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

Glasgow Airport

The British Airways lounge is still closed but is expected to reopen at some point. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

Jersey Airport

Whilst still BA-branded in places, this lounge has been run independently for some years. British Airways is no longer paying for access. There are no alternative arrangements in place – there are no other lounges …..

EDIT: by coincidence, Jersey is accepting BA passengers again from today

British Airways Galleries Lounge London Gatwick Airport South Terminal

London Gatwick Airport

The British Airways lounges, above, in the South Terminal are still closed, with the few remaining BA flights departing from the North Terminal. It is unclear if British Airways will resume services from London Gatwick or not (see this article) due to the need to protect landing and take-off slots at Heathrow.

Manchester Airport

The British Airways lounge is permanently closed. There are no alternative arrangements in place. This article has a few photographs of the British Airways Manchester lounge if you want a reminder of how it was.

Newcastle Airport

The British Airways lounge is permanently closed and has already been stripped out. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

All in all, it isn’t hugely positive for British Airways travellers outside Heathrow …..

Which British Airways lounges are open?

Which British Airways lounges are open at London Heathrow?

As a reminder, the current situation at Heathrow is that:

  • Galleries Club South remains open at peak times
  • Galleries First is open at all times, with Business Class passengers being allowed to use it when Galleries Club South is closed
  • The Concorde Room (pictured above, before BA sold off the artwork!) is closed but a temporary lounge for ticketed First Class passengers and qualifying Gold Guest List members has opened on the terrace of Galleries First
  • Galleries Club North remains closed
  • Galleries Club in the ‘B’ satellite remains closed

The lounge in Terminal 3 is also closed, as is the entire terminal, along with the Terminal 5 Arrivals Lounge.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list 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 special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

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.

Comments (99)

  • Peter Taysum says:

    Based NCL, I guess my options are:-

    1. Air France to PAR
    2. KLM to AMS
    3. Various to DUB/BHD for USA
    4. Emirates to DXB

    There’s no point having Status (currently Gold) with no lounge, and I’m not flying First with BA with no lounge at NCL.

    I’ve changed at LHR with BA so changing elsewhere doesn’t make a difference.

    If it’s short term I can understand, numbers are down, so need to cut costs.

    Having said the above; BA are cheaper then KLM/Air France for Bus (mostly)…

  • Paul Pogba says:

    Could the longue closures be used to accelerate the rollout of the shared Oneworld lounges? Not applicable to all of the above but it could work at Manchester (BA, Cathay, Qatar, Finnair), Edinburgh (American, BA, Finnair, Iberia, Qatar) and maybe Belfast City (Aer Lingus, BA).

    • Rob says:

      Still not clear what OW is getting, if anything, in the new pier at Manchester. Been very quiet. Virgin is getting an all-singing all-dancing Clubhouse so OW will need something.

  • Bob says:

    Does anyone know if Stansted lounges are open or not? Conflicting info online.

  • LEWIS says:

    What about the arrivals lounge?

    • Rob says:


      • LEWIS says:

        Permanently or temporarily?

        • Rob says:

          Until overnight flights from Asia and the US start landing again.

          • Rude Bandit says:

            It seems that overnight flights from the US have been returning to arrivals at LHR. Slowly but surely. We have an AA flight from DFW to LHR mid-September in J class. We’re hoping the BA Arrivals Lounge will be open by then. It has to be! How long can they delay opening the lounges?! It’s my understanding that since AA moved from T3 to T5 that J and F class pax’s now have access to BA’s Arrivals Lounge. Makes sense as a Oneworld benefit and it’s the only arrival lounge at LHR now.

  • Dominic Barrington says:

    I flew out of Dallas a couple of days ago. I went to the centurion lounge, as it is considerably better the offering from American. There was a queue outside and people were being told it was 90 minutes before they had a chance of being admitted.

  • Keith says:

    Really should change the name of British Airways to London or South East UK Airways.. basically if you are outside of London they really don’t care one bit about you

  • LukeT says:

    Hello, just wanted to check with you all: do you know what is the guest policy for the Concorde Room (now Terrace) and First Lounge? I am ticketed in BA first class; can I bring in the lounge a colleague of mine who will be flying on the same day out of LHR on BA but with a domestic economy ticket?

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