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British Airways closes its Amsterdam lounge

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I’m not sure if this was already officially confirmed or not, but London Air Travel (which seems to be written by a senior BA employee who has access to internal documents) has now reported the formal closure of the British Airways lounge in Amsterdam.

The closure was already informally announced. When the Singapore lounge reopened a few weeks ago, British Airways said that ‘all of our lounges are now open again’. Since Amsterdam was still closed at that point, the inference was clear.

British Airways closes its Amsterdam lounge

The British Airways lounge backs onto the Aspire lounge at Schiphol, so it is possible that the two will be knocked through to create a bigger space.

BA passengers have been using the Aspire lounge, which has effectively blocked this lounge for Priority Pass users since it is now at capacity for much of the day.

There are now just three British Airways lounges in Europe, at Geneva (review here), Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino.

Heaven knows what sort of strategy is at work here, especially as Amsterdam is one of the busiest British Airways destinations and it is up against KLM and its massive Crown Lounge, reviewed here.

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Comments (47)

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  • Gordon says:

    Shame this IT issue was not sorted earlier as it would have cut the 342 posts by 50% due to the amount of repeat queries from people that do not read the previous posts…..

    • Thywillbedone says:

      Perhaps this is why I don’t attend the HfP parties …the % chance of winding up talking to a penny-pinching whinger is just too great

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    • Thegasman says:

      I’m still waiting for 154 data points confirming resolution before I bother trying to register.

      Clearly a Tuesday in mid July is the time most people are desperate to have a free slap up dinner! 😉

    • Ian M says:

      To be fair there would be less repeat posts if it was easier for people to see the previous posts.

      • Gordon says:

        I think it is fairly easy tbh. People just can’t be bothered to just click through and look before posting. As Rob pointed out a while back some people Are needy….

        • Rob says:

          I doubt I used that word!

          • Gordon says:

            I think It was a question of new main stream casual traveler’s joining hfp but I believe you said you would rather they didn’t subscribe because they need to ask too many questions & “Are Needy” 🤓.

          • Rob says:

            You’re right. I used the word ‘needy’ (in inverted commas) on 22nd February.

            The point was correct. We answer every email we receive, usually over 100 per day. This only works if the questions are relatively sophisticated and advanced and can be answered with a quick yes, no or an article link – we can’t handle hundreds of daily emails from people who know virtually nothing and need hand holding.

          • Gordon says:

            “And the truth shall set you free”

        • CarpalTravel says:

          Blimey, Gordon beat Google with being able to recall that quote!

          I’m gonna be even more careful with what I say now, lest it haunt me later….

          • Gordon says:

            I have the memory of an elephant. I once went to the zoo and saw an elephant….

  • NigelthePensioner says:

    “Heaven knows what sort of strategy is at work here” – simple, it’s BA’s business acumen at work again, missing the point of everything and doing the wrong thing to attract Customers!

    • AJA says:

      I agree, yet another cost-cutting exercise at the expense of customer experience. This devalues BA as a brand when the airline is “allegedly” trading on its superior “legacy” service and its Club Europe and Club World cabins (forget First, as that seems to be yet another diminishing option) and makes much of the Executive Club and the supposed benefits that come with the Silver and Gold cards.

      That said if they concentrated on getting flights away on time and improved the on-board offering and getting things right at LHR (yet another shambles on arrival on Tuesday evening, no driver to operate the jetty so a 40 minute wait on the tarmac, then a chaotic scene in the baggage hall with constant tannoy announcements offering to deliver bags to your home rather than wait 2 hours) then at least offering a 3rd party lounge at each destination would be acceptable.

  • Maurits Kalff says:

    Closing the lounge at SPL is once again evidence of the disdain BA have shown to their premium passengers. The Aspire lounge is dull, overcrowded with often aloof customer service.
    Last week BA flights were delayed until 23h30 and Aspire closed the lounge at 21h00.

  • Jumbo says:

    Bless. Sean’s obviously been reading the wrong type of SAS magazine.

  • William Smith says:

    Ah so this is the exciting news that the poster stuck to the door of the lounge promised.

    Shame, it was a far nicer place to be than the aspire lounge next door albeit with poorer food options.

  • Rob M says:

    It looks like more Priority Pass affiliated lounges will be “at capacity” more of the time. I.e. PP is worthless whenever BA or other airlines have the lounge booked out.

  • Gary Sharp says:

    UK offer showing on my account today. Relax everyone!

  • John says:

    London Air Travel seems like a good site thanks for mentioning. What makes you think it’s a BA insider

    • Rob says:

      We know what info is released by BA and, to the minute, when. Once for eg they ran an article BUT at the last minute BA had delayed the press release – they still had it.

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