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Which British Airways European lounges are open?

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During the pandemic, British Airways has been quietly cutting lounge access at many of its European destinations. This has not been well communicated to customers who often did not find out until they were turned away at the lounge door.

Most of the lounges used by British Airways are still open, so anyone with a Priority Pass can usually still get access. Some HfP readers have been frustrated to see Iberia passengers getting access whilst BA passengers do not.

There is no proof that these cancellations are permanent. We have already seen BA adding back lounge access at domestic airports such as Jersey as travel has picked up. Bologna has returned to the list in the last couple of days, for example.

EDIT: we have updated the list on 12/9 with reader feedback, thank you

The latest official position can be found by checking the oneworld alliance lounge access page here. When looking up a lounge you need to look for British Airways to be listed under the ‘Airlines’ heading.

Flyertalk has also put together a crowd sourced list of which BA lounges are currently open. You can find it in this thread in the wiki part at the top. You will also find information there on lounges outside the UK, but treat the oneworld website as the most accurate source.

As of last night, the oneworld website showed that the following European airports had lounges which were accepting British Airways passengers:

  • Alicante
  • Athens
  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Bologna
  • Brussels
  • Copenhagen
  • Frankfurt (JAL flight days only)
  • Gibraltar
  • Gran Canaria
  • Ibiza
  • Istanbul
  • Lanzarote
  • Larnaca
  • Lisbon
  • Ljubljana
  • Madrid
  • Malaga
  • Malta
  • Moscow
  • Nice
  • Palma
  • Prague
  • Reykjavik
  • Sofia
  • Split
  • Tenerife
  • Thessaloniki
  • Tirana
  • Valenica
  • Venice
  • Warsaw
  • Zagreb
  • Zurich

There may be other lounges which have begun to accept BA passengers again but which have not been picked up yet. Check the oneworld website link above for the official line and please post in the comments if you spot any.

The ‘open’ list is slightly eclectic – Spain-heavy, probably due to the Iberia relationship, with some huge omissions. The one I use the most – Hamburg – is gone, for example, although Priority Pass remains valid.

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Comments (57)

  • Journeying John says:

    The simple answer to the question is that BA haven’t reopened enough lounges to deliver on their marketing and where there are lounges they have been downgraded in many cases and are generic / shared with associated standards. Given lounge access is regularly quoted as a reason to pay massively over the odds for “club Europe” one has to ask when BA management will wake up to 2021 reality and how uncompetitive their cuts have made their inflated fares.

    • JDB says:

      I think the difficulty in contacting BA to make, amend or cancel bookings is much more serious than a few lounges that are at many outstations really not worth visiting. While any recovery in travel is being driven more by leisure than business, I don’t think they will be rushing to open up lounges when they are bleeding cash.

      • Lyn says:

        But the list of places with no lounge access includes the likes of Paris, Hamburg and Marseille … Surely you don’t consider them “outstations really not worth visiting”?

        BA can’t really have their cake and eat it too when selling Club Lounge tickets with the expectation of lounge access.

        • JDB says:

          I meant the lounges at those outstations were/are not worth visiting, not the cities obviously. Many of those lounges were not much more than glorified cupboards with undrinkable wine and packets of crackers or nuts.

        • Save East Coast Rewards says:

          I don’t know about the other airports but in Paris BA use the Cathy Pacific lounge and as you’d expect that’s closed currently. I’m sure eventually they will find a solution to this (particularly if passengers are vocal about the lack of lounge) but it’s harder than just renewing a contract for a lounge they’ve previously used.

  • Stian says:

    OSL lounge is open for qualifying BA passengers. I was there on Wednesday.

  • Matthias says:

    As a general comment, I find the “not offering lounge access because of Covid” argument very odd. I know it’s not strictly part of the T&Cs, but to me it’s like a posh restaurant saying “I’m sorry, due to Covid your 3-course meal won’t include a starter today”.

    • C says:

      But yet many businesses regularly use this line – ‘due to covid, we offer less service for the same price’

  • Greg says:

    Ljubljana lounge is also open, but is not worth the effort except for the terrace with nice views, overlooking an empty airport. Perfect for smokers though.

  • Lyn says:

    Toulouse also shows as open for BA passengers on the One World list.

    • Lady London says:

      Like the very great majority of lounges in France though it’s not worth deciding to spend any money or buy C/J to use it. Half of it is a crowded dank windowless hole with unexceptional loos. The other half has more light but only just reaches the standard of an acceptable lounge if it’s paid-for within a program you have or a Business Cl ticket.

  • JIF says:

    Four trips this year:
    September 2021 Lyon closed
    July 2021 Athens closed
    June 2021 Milan Linate closed
    April 2021 Mumbai open (only the First Lounge, but available to BA Silver)

  • CW says:

    Was in Heraklion airport (Crete) yesterday, the 3rd-party lounge that BA used to use was closed, which is disappointing given that the summer prices on club europe on this route is pretty steep.

  • Cats are best says:

    The AENA Sala VIP at ACE has reopened and was accepting BA CE (21st August).

    It’s quite small and occupancy has been reduced, I’d guess most pax were unaware it was open. Presumably they’ll turn people away once full.

    Self-serve food/drink, choice was pretty much as pre-pandemic, fine for a snack and some mini-bottles of cava pre-flight.

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