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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.

Middleton Lounge Teesside Airport review

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.

Middleton Lounge Teesside International Airport

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.

Middleton Lounge Teesside International Airport

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.”

Middleton Lounge Teesside International Airport

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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (24)

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  • Dubious says:

    Looks like a nice lounge – clean, tidy and fresh looking.

    Quick questions:

    Would I be right in assuming there are no windows?

    Any idea how to book the Teeside to Humberside flight? Can’t seem to get it to load on Eastern Airways website.

    • TeesTraveller says:

      The route is Humberside-Teesside-Aberdeen. I don’t think you can book just the MME-HUY leg.

  • Dominic Barrington says:

    Of course, before it was the Durham Tees Valley Airport, it was Teesside Airport!

    • Genghis says:

      My grandad tells the story of sneaking onto the runway on his bike as a kid and finding a huge munitions store area running underneath most of the runway. It’ll be interesting to know if it still exists.

    • ChrisC says:

      Well before it was DTV it was Teesside International and before that just Tees-Side Airport.

      • geoff says:

        And before that RAF Middleton St George, which is the local village. Aviation documents still refer to it as Teesside International and the beacon still codes as TD. Doncaster Sheffield is still FY from RAF Finningley and Edinburgh is TRN from RAF Turnhouse – etc etc.

    • Tim says:

      Teeside International: we run a flight to Aberdeen for the 300 people per year who use our railway station…

  • Michael Gell says:

    Yep, you’re right about the no windows. However it is well lit so never feels dark.

    Regarding the Humberside flight, that is really strange. I’ve looked at the airport’s website and its showing it on the departure board all week, however not on easterns airways as even being a route!

    • QwertyKnowsBest says:

      Strange, yet it does seem to be operating.

      • TeesTraveller says:

        Currently due to demand the plane flies HUY-MME-ABZ but you can’t book the Humberside-Teesside leg on its own.

        • TeesTraveller says:

          I say demand but more like competitive pressure as Loganair are now going head to head with Eastern on MME-ABZ which must be harming Eastern’s yields as they can no longer get away with charging £400 return.

  • Mike says:

    Great review – well written and very interesting – thanks

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  • TeesTraveller says:

    The Middleton lounge is seen by the airport as the lounge principally for holiday customers who are flying TUI or Ryanair. Clearly this is the way the world is going right now with airports needing more revenue streams outside parking/retail/business lounges.

    A month or so ago, I was told that KLM would use the Rockliffe lounge although when I was last at the airport about 3 weeks ago, it was not quite finished. No word on lounge access if you have booked the BA codeshare to Heathrow with Loganair (either at the MME or LHR end).

    Teesside airport is almost unrecognisable from 18 months ago and I would suggest there is no better airport security experience anywhere else in the UK right now. Add this to the fact that if you’re are hand baggage only, you can turn up 45 minutes before departure and confidently expect to grab something in the lounge before your flight starts boarding.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    The lounge is named after RAF Middleton St George which used to occupy this site which is also probably why the airport code is MME.

  • mutley says:

    Looks nice, problem is getting there if you don’t get a cab/uber or use your own car. There is one train a week stops at Teesside station, yes ONE and that’s on a Sunday! The bus service is a bit two bob as well.

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