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BA lounges : COVID-19 closures and reopenings

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List of Lounges Currently OPEN to BA Passengers (open wiki for details)

This wiki includes details of open lounges accessible to premium (F/J or Gold/Silver) passengers travelling on BA operated services, either within the terminal BA depart from or accessible via airside transfer.

Other lounges may be accessible for passengers willing to transfer landside to other terminals or concourses, although this is generally not recommended due to time constraints as a result of needing to re-clear security. Additionally, some airports may offer pay-in lounges which are not otherwise accessible by BA premium passengers (either temporarily or permanently).

Most open lounges are operating with a limited food and beverage service, and other services may be unavailable or modified.

For opening hours, please check the oneworld lounge listing at https://www.oneworld.com/airport-lounges?location= which is now being regularly updated.

If your airport isn't listed below, this probably means there is no lounge available for BA premium passengers (either temporarily or permanently) - please check the oneworld listing for the most up-to-date information.

British Airways Lounges
Aberdeen British Airways Lounge
Boston British Airways Lounge (First Dining is unverified)
Cape Town British Airways Lounge
Chicago British Airways Lounge (First lounge is permanently closed)
Dubai British Airways Lounge (BA First passengers and oneworld Emerald members on BA flights only, The Bar is unverified)
Edinburgh British Airways Lounge
Geneva British Airways Lounge
Glasgow British Airways Lounge
Johannesburg British Airways Lounge (First Dining is unverified)
New York JFK British Airways Concorde Room, First Lounge, Club Lounge
New York Newark British Airways Lounge (First Dining is unverified)
Lagos British Airways Lounge
London Gatwick British Airways First Lounge, Club Lounge
London Heathrow Terminal 3 British Airways Galleries First, Galleries Club

London Heathrow Terminal 5 British Airways Concorde Room, Galleries First, Galleries Club South, Galleries Club North, Galleries Club T5B, Galleries Arrivals
Milan Linate British Airways Lounge
Philadelphia British Airways Lounge (First lounge and First Dining are unverified)
Rome British Airways Lounge
San Francisco British Airways Lounge (First Dining is "accessible". See post 4222: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/34492191-post4222.html)
Seattle British Airways Lounge (First lounge is unverified)
Singapore British Airways Lounge (The Bar is unverified)
Washington British Airways Lounge (First Dining is unverified)

Note that the BA-operated lounges at AMS, BHD, BRU, IAH, NCL, MAN and YVR have all closed permanently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alternative oneworld or third party lounges are listed below. Note that the Elemis Travel Spas at LHR and JFK have been permanently closed.

Non-BA oneworld Lounges
Amman Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge
Atlanta
American Airlines Admirals Club North Terminal (AirTrain ride required)
Austin American Airlines Admirals Club
Bangkok Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
Dallas American Airlines Admirals Club (multiple locations)
Denver American Airlines Admirals Club
Doha Qatar Airways Silver Lounge (BA Silver / OW Sapphire travelling in Y)
Doha Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge (J class pax only - temporarily accepting BA Gold / OW Emerald in Y or W)
Doha Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge (F class pax only)
Frankfurt Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing, First (accepting F/J passengers and Gold/Silver cardholders)
Houston Terminal A American Airlines Admirals Club (airside transfer via AirTrain available to/from BA gates in Terminal D)
London Heathrow Terminal 3 Cathay Pacific Business and First Class lounges (open 05:30 to 17:30 Mon-Sat, 07:00 to 17:30 Sun)
London Heathrow Terminal 3 The Qantas International London Lounge (open daily 06:00 to 14:00)
Los Angeles Terminal 4 American Airlines Admirals Club & Flagship Lounge (airside walk to/from BA gates in TBIT)
Los Angeles Terminal 6 Alaska Lounge (airside walk to/from BA gates in TBIT)
Los Angeles Tom Bradley International Terminal OneWorld Lounge/Qantas Business & First Class Lounge
Madrid Iberia Premium Lounge Dal / Iberia Premium Lounge Velzquez
Mexico City American Airlines Admirals Club
Miami American Airlines Admirals Club (multiple locations)
Miami American Airlines Flagship Lounge / Flagship First Dining Gate D30 ( Flagship First Dining only available to departing BA First Class passengers )
Nashville American Airlines Admirals Club
Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2A American Airlines Admirals Club
Phoenix American Airlines Admirals Club (multiple locations)
Philadelphia Concourse B/C American Airlines Admirals Club (airside walk to/from BA gates in Concourse A)
San Francisco Terminal 1 American Airlines Admirals Club (airside walk to/from BA gates in International Terminal)
San Francisco Terminal 2 Alaska Lounge (airside walk to/from BA gates in International Terminal)
Sao Paulo Terminal 3 American Airlines Admirals Club
Singapore Qantas International Business Lounge

Seattle Alaska Lounge (airside transfer via AirTrain available to/from BA gates in Concourse S)
Tampa American Airlines Admirals Club
Tokyo Haneda Japan Airlines First Class Lounge (accepting F/J passengers and Gold/Silver cardholders)

The AA forum has further details of open Admirals Club lounges: Link

Third Party Lounges with active BA contracts
Accra Adinkra Lounge
Amsterdam Aspire Lounge
Athens Skyserv Aristotle Onassis Lounge
Antigua Executive Lounge
Atlanta The Club at ATL
Barcelona AENA Joan Miro Lounge
Bahrain The Pearl Lounge
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge
Belfast Aspire Lounge
Berlin Lounge Tempelhof
Bologna Marconi Business Lounge
Bordeaux Salon des Vignobles

Bridgetown Airlines Executive Lounge / IAM Jet Centre
Brussels Diamond Lounge Pier B
Copenhagen Eventyr Lounge

DalamanCIP Lounge
Dallas The Club at DFW
Delhi Plaza Premium Lounge
Doha Oryx Lounge
Dubai Terminal 1 Marhaba Lounge
(BA Club World passengers and oneworld Sapphire members on BA flights only)
Dublin Dublin Airport Executive Lounge (reduced hours - 04:00-18.30 only, see here for latest details)
Dsseldorf Open Sky Lounge (Terminal C)
Faro ANA Lounge (non-Schengen only)
Florence Aeroporti VIP Club
Gibraltar Calpe Lounge
Grenada IAM Jet Centre

Hamburg Hamburg Airport Lounge
Hong Kong Plaza Premium Lounge
Houston HAS Executive Club

Ibiza VIP Sala Lounge
Istanbul IGA Lounge
Inverness Aspire Lounge
(open part-time, see post 3357)
Jersey Executive Lounge
Johannesburg Shongololo Lounge
Keflavk Saga Lounge
Krakow Business Lounge
Kingston Club Kingston
Larnaca Aspire Aphrodite Lounge
Las Vegas The Lounge at LAS (T3)
Lisbon ANA Lounge
Ljubljana Business Lounge
Lyons Salon Mont Blanc

Malaga Sala VIP Lounge
Male Leeli Lounge
Malta La Valette Club
Manchester T3 The Escape Lounge
Marseille Salon Cezanne Non-Schegen Lounge opposite gate 10

Milan Malpensa Montale Non-Schengen Lounge
Montreal National Bank Lounge
Moscow DME Domodedovo Airport Business Lounge
Mumbai MALS Premium Lounge
MunichAirport Lounge World
Nairobi TAV Lounge

Nassau The Lignum Club Lounge
Newcastle Aspire Lounge

Nice Infinity Lounge
Nuremberg Drer Lounge
Oslo OSL Lounge
Palma Sala VIP Lounge
Phoenix Escape Lounge

Port Louis ATOL Lounge
Prague MasterCard Lounge
Rio de Janiero Plaza Premium
Riyadh Premier Lounge
Rotterdam Prima Vista Lounge
San Diego Aspire Lounge
(Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri departures only)
Sao Paulo LATAM VIP Lounge
Sofia Preslav Lounge

Southampton Spitfire Lounge
Split Business Lounge

St. Lucia (UVF) Iyanola Lounge
Stockholm (ARN) Norrsken Lounge

Tenerife Sala VIP Lounge
Tel Aviv Dan Lounge
Thessaloniki Manolis Andronikos Skyserv Lounge
Toronto Plaza Premium Lounge

Toulouse La Croix du Sud Lounge
Valencia Sala VIP Joan Olivert
Vancouver Plaza Premium Lounge
Warsaw Bolero Lounge

Zagreb Primeclass
Zurich Aspire Lounge
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Old Nov 13, 20, 6:10 am
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Originally Posted by QPRPaul View Post
The thing is, the Lufthansa lounge in T2, airside, is open. I was in it yesterday. Staff serve drinks and food.

So the law must allow airside lounges to open and operate business as usual, relatively.

I suspect BA took the commercial decision to close the lounges and furlough the staff for the month, until December 2.
I don't believe it does allow a lounge to open if they are serving food and drink for consumption within a lounge. There does not seem to be a general exemption for airside places which would allow this. Have a look at the law linked to in my posts above, it's possible I may have missed something so if you see anything relevant do post. I have no idea what is happening in the LH lounge or on what basis they believe they can be open.
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Old Nov 13, 20, 6:24 am
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Galleries Club North will reopen on Monday, serving self-serve food and drink: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...mation/lounges

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Old Nov 13, 20, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
I don't believe it does allow a lounge to open if they are serving food and drink for consumption within a lounge. There does not seem to be a general exemption for airside places which would allow this. Have a look at the law linked to in my posts above, it's possible I may have missed something so if you see anything relevant do post. I have no idea what is happening in the LH lounge or on what basis they believe they can be open.
It is my understanding that this section (15.5) exempts airports, seaports (and the Channel Tunnel service areas):

"(5) This paragraph applies where the restricted business or services is situated at (a) a motorway service area, or (b) within a part of (i) an airport or maritime port, or (ii) the international rail terminal area within the vicinity of Cheriton, Folkstone (as referred to in section 1(7)(b) of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987(b)), and that part of the airport, maritime port or terminal area is accessible between the restricted hours to passengers, crew or other authorised persons but not to members of the general public."

ie the premises is open only to passengers and crew - as is the case airside.
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Old Nov 13, 20, 6:35 am
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Originally Posted by QPRPaul View Post
It is my understanding that this section (15.5) exempts airports, seaports (and the Channel Tunnel service areas):

"(5) This paragraph applies where the restricted business or services is situated at (a) a motorway service area, or (b) within a part of (i) an airport or maritime port, or (ii) the international rail terminal area within the vicinity of Cheriton, Folkstone (as referred to in section 1(7)(b) of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987(b)), and that part of the airport, maritime port or terminal area is accessible between the restricted hours to passengers, crew or other authorised persons but not to members of the general public."

ie the premises is open only to passengers and crew - as is the case airside.
I think you need to read it again and understand where paragraph (5) is actually referenced elsewhere. See my posts above.

Btw, as I admit a few posts up, on my initial look I made the same mistake as you and thought it was a general exemption for airside.
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Old Nov 13, 20, 6:52 am
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"Grab and Go items" can be consumed in the lounge. So not "take away". And the lounge is a "customer waiting area". How very bizarre, but BA are doing their best to get around the restrictions and offer a semi-decent customer experience.
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Old Nov 13, 20, 6:55 am
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Galleries Club North will reopen on Monday, serving takeaway food and drink: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...mation/lounges
I wonder will the takeaway food & drink actually be better than whats currently being served onboard
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Old Nov 13, 20, 7:32 am
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The BA link says "Our Galleries North Club at Heathrow Terminal 5 will be open from 16 November. " It doesn't mention take away only?
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Old Nov 13, 20, 7:42 am
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Have a look further down that page:

We have listened to your feedback and we’re happy to announce that from Monday, 16 November, we will be re-opening our Galleries North Club lounge as a customer waiting area with a reduced selection of grab and go items.
and on the linked FAQs page:

During the UK national restriction period, you’ll still be able to enjoy your time in our lounge. So help yourself to our grab and go items while you’re there and sit back and relax.

Our popular Your Menu service will return once the UK national restriction period has been lifted and we intend to re-open our Galleries South Club and Galleries First lounges at Terminal 5 as soon as we can.
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Good news for international transiting pax to have somewhere more comfortable to wait.
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Old Nov 13, 20, 10:59 am
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Good news for international transiting pax to have somewhere more comfortable to wait.
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Old Nov 13, 20, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by Ziz View Post
Seems like this is exactly what they are doing as of Monday!
I was referring to not opening simply as a waiting room with no provisions whatsoever; I didn't think they would do that. They are now in a position to technically offer a small selection of take away items, which can apparently be consumed within the lounge. Best of a bad situation made I think
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Old Nov 16, 20, 5:49 am
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16 November 2020

Am sat in Galleries North T 5.
better than I was expecting. There is a bar serving non and alcoholic drinks.
coffee machines and a buffet point where you can take crisps abs sandwiches.
you can eat at a table in the lounge.
with the numbers it is way to find somewhere to sit.
not the widest selection of crisps and sandwiches but acceptable in the current situation
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Old Nov 16, 20, 6:02 am
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Im sat in the lounge now.

The choices are:

Sandwiches:
Tuna and lemon mayonnaise
Cheese ploughmans
Chicken and bacon (its like a sandwich spread version and incredibly salty)

Soup:
Tomato and red pepper (in a takeaway container)

Crisps:
Cheese and Onion
Sea salt

Muffins:
Blueberry or Chocolate




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Old Nov 16, 20, 6:22 am
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Who wouldn't want a tuna & lemon mayo sandwich with a tequila shot for lunch :-)
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Old Nov 16, 20, 6:23 am
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all of that fuss and not a single infamous chicken caesar in sight?

i figured BA were going to make that their flagship sandwich based on the in flight thread.
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