Review: The Middleton lounge at Teesside International Airport
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This is our review of the new Middleton lounge at Teesside International Airport (formerly Durham Tees Valley Airport).
It is one of two lounges, the second of which is yet to open, which will replace the previous SKYLIFE Lounge. This was, itself, a short-lived replacement for the Premium Lounge.
This article is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK. You can see all of the reviews here.
Reader Michael visited the Middleton lounge recently and sent us this review. Over to Michael:
“Since the last Head for Points lounge review of Teesside International Airport nearly 2 years ago, a lot has changed.
The mayor of Tees Valley based his first campaign on buying the airport and making a success of it once again after years of neglect. After his win he did just that, funding a massive refurbishment of the airport and landing multiple new routes.
The airport now has two new lounges which replace the old SKYLIFE lounge. The Rockliffe Lounge which will be ‘adult only’ when it opens. The Middleton Lounge, which I am reviewing here, is open to all.
We arrived around 16.30 for our 18.45 flight down to London Heathrow with Loganair. We were the only people in the lounge for the whole duration despite three other flights on the departure board to Humberside, Aberdeen and Alicante.
The lounge opening times stated on the airport’s website are 04.00 – 18.30. After speaking to a member of staff who assumed we were on a later 19.40 flight she told me that they would remain open until the last flight of the day had left.
We were escorted to our seats. The member of staff put the TV with a music playlist on for us, told us to help ourselves to drinks and gave us a menu and asked if we would like any food.
We both ordered the chicken tikka masala and a side of cheese, onion and bacon loaded fries. It seemed there was only one kitchen at the airport so the food came from elsewhere outside the lounge – nevertheless it was hot and tasted delicious.
The lounge is away from any windows and has no natural light, but with plenty of lighting and a light colour scheme it never felt dark and uncomfortable. There are plenty of sockets with USBs on a mix of high stooled tables and lower table and chairs.
Toilets were a short walk outside of the lounge – this is only a small airport and nothing is too far away.
A good selection of drinks were on offer red, white and rose wines, bucks fizz and prosecco as well as three types of largers, beer and soft drinks. Spirits were Barcadi rum, Bells whisky, Gordons gin and Smirnoff vodka. There was also a selection of pre packages cakes above the drinks cabinet.
No newspaper or magazines were on offer when we visited but this may be a covid measure which changes in the future.
There was a screen showing departures when we arrived but this was later turned off.
We were truly left to ourselves! The staff member stayed on the desk outside and occasionally popping in to clear the table and checking we were okay.
We were extremely satisfied with our experience in this modern and spacious lounge, especially the high quality and wide range of food.
With some new shops at the airport including a small duty free, flawless entry to departures through security (with a new scanner so liquids don’t need to be removed from baggage) and no queues we wouldn’t hesitate to come back. Choosing Teesside over other local airports is now made even easier with the Loganair BA codesharing now in place.”
How to enter the Middleton lounge at Teesside International Airport
Whilst the current situation may be different, historically KLM has used the lounge at Teesside International Airport for its business passengers as well as those with Gold or Platinum Flying Blue status. Eligible guests from Eastern Airways can also use the lounge.
You can also access the Middleton lounge with Priority Pass (which comes free with American Express Platinum, or you can buy one separately), DragonPass, Lounge Key and Diners Club. You can also enter with the two free entry vouchers come with the free-in-year-one American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.
You can book for cash via the Lounge Pass website here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (March 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. 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.