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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 BRU, NCL, MAN and YVR have all closed permanently during the COVID-19 pandemic. The BA-operated lounges at IAH have recently permanently closed. BA-operated lounges at AMS and SIN remain temporarily closed. 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 Jun 16, 20, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by TyneTraveller View Post
My guess would be early/mid July for one lounge to be opened, perhaps two at a push numbers depending. I can actually see arrivals opening up fairly soon afterwards too. First would be the most obvious choice initially, with the terrace potentially used for the usual CCR passengers. I imagine everything will be table service, no matter what one's status may be.

It also remains to be seen how any form of hospitality would yet be worked in airports where the operators have a policy of mandatory face masks.

I'm pretty confident in stating that lounges in the UK will not be opening for hospitality on the 1st July though.
It's a requirement to wear a face mask onboard too, but obviously not when eating or drinking, so there's no difference.
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Old Jun 16, 20, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by TyneTraveller View Post
First would be the most obvious choice initially, with the terrace potentially used for the usual CCR passengers.
How so? Surely the Club lounge would be the obvious choice, given both F and J customers can use it, but if only F is open then J pax are out in the cold?
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Old Jun 16, 20, 3:51 pm
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Would it really be only 1 lounge opening in T5? I can see more of a case for 1 of the Club lounges and also the Flounge. All depends on how far pax numbers are down from normal of course.
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Old Jun 16, 20, 5:18 pm
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This may be a clue ...

I’m currently booked with my other half (also BAEC Gold) to travel to Dublin in mid July from T5. On the booking it would normally read First Lounge under the Lounge tab, but instead gives details for both the Concorde Room (being clear that eligibility is for Premier members) and for the Galleries lounge in the B gates.

So perhaps an indication for plans to reopen the Concorde Room for the usual suspects and everyone else off to the B terminal?
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Old Jun 16, 20, 5:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Joshua1347 View Post
This may be a clue ...

Im currently booked with my other half (also BAEC Gold) to travel to Dublin in mid July from T5. On the booking it would normally read First Lounge under the Lounge tab, but instead gives details for both the Concorde Room (being clear that eligibility is for Premier members) and for the Galleries lounge in the B gates.

So perhaps an indication for plans to reopen the Concorde Room for the usual suspects and everyone else off to the B terminal?
I get the same for my flight this week and everything is closed. I'd not read anything to it.
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Old Jun 16, 20, 5:28 pm
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I'm curious even how coffee machines, cans in the drinks cabinet and chairs and tables will work. I know when its busy staff can struggle to clear all the tables quickly and that was at the end of February this year!
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Old Jun 16, 20, 9:27 pm
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Originally Posted by TyneTraveller View Post
My guess would be early/mid July for one lounge to be opened, perhaps two at a push numbers depending. I can actually see arrivals opening up fairly soon afterwards too. First would be the most obvious choice initially, with the terrace potentially used for the usual CCR passengers. I imagine everything will be table service, no matter what one's status may be.

It also remains to be seen how any form of hospitality would yet be worked in airports where the operators have a policy of mandatory face masks.

I'm pretty confident in stating that lounges in the UK will not be opening for hospitality on the 1st July though.
I think you’re being overly optimistic. Arrivals is for visitors who can’t check into their hotels. Are there many of those? Even if there are some, I’m sure the mindset of BA will be “well we are in a crisis, we really don’t need to provide that service”.

As for table service, I think it’s more likely that it will be ambient snacks only in the lounge regardless of class.
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Old Jun 16, 20, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by sxc View Post
I think youre being overly optimistic. Arrivals is for visitors who cant check into their hotels. Are there many of those? Even if there are some, Im sure the mindset of BA will be well we are in a crisis, we really dont need to provide that service.

As for table service, I think its more likely that it will be ambient snacks only in the lounge regardless of class.
Agreed re Arrivals: its an added extra, not a oneworld requirement and IMHO unlikely to reopen as long as passenger numbers are low. Besides which, I doubt HAL will want airlines encouraging passengers to linger around - itll want them on their way ASAP after arrival.

As for table service - I cant see that either. The aim will be to operate with a skeleton staff and with minimal contact between staff and customers. So yes, ambient snacks and maybe pre-packaged sandwiches & salads. If there is a hot offer, youll queue up at a counter and itll be served canteen style.

And I predict well see only the south lounge complex open initially (but not CCR).
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Old Jun 17, 20, 12:14 am
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If BA decide to open lounges in any way similar to LH/LX, here is what I experienced this week:

At FRA, only the SEN Lounge at T1 A is open, but accepts all lounge eligible guests (FLT, SEN, HonC, *G, C/F etc). All other lounges - C, FCL or FCT etc are closed. One of my two visits, the SEN lounge did have a queue to wait for someone else to leave (was about 4-5 mins), the other visit was straight in. Generally, furniture in the usual set up except some of the stools removed from the high tables to assist with social distancing.

At MUC, only the Business Lounge at T2 is open, and accepts all eligible lounge guests, with some seats removed to aid social distancing. No other lounges open. I haven't been in this lounge for many years (usually use the SEN lounge) and it is in need of a refresh.

Food items in both lounges were a regular and a filled pretzel and some packaged snacks (breakfast bar type of thing and some nuts etc), and apple chips/KitKats at MUC. Drinks were coffee, some sodas and a few beer/wine choices. I did not see any spirits, nor was I looking for them.

At ZRH, the Aspire A is open to FTLs, SENs and HonC (note: not other *G cards - understandable since it is a small lounge). Basic sandwiches and snacks at the buffet section, regular selection of drinks available including spirits. Appears to be almost the normal offering from what I remember (I am not often in this lounge).

Certainly not something to arrive early to the airport for as some on this board like to do, but acceptable in the circumstances if you are on a transfer as I was.
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Old Jun 17, 20, 1:01 am
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Originally Posted by TyneTraveller View Post
First would be the most obvious choice initially....
Would appear that the BA team agree
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Old Jun 17, 20, 2:00 am
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How so? Surely the Club lounge would be the obvious choice, given both F and J customers can use it, but if only F is open then J pax are out in the cold?
Ah, I see. What I'm trying to say is that "if" the First lounge opens, it may be available to all eligible lounge users, with a possible separate area for CCR users. Those of silver status or J travellers shalt not be left in the cold.
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Old Jun 17, 20, 2:07 am
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Originally Posted by TyneTraveller View Post
Those of silver status or J travellers shalt not be left in the cold.
Very little danger of anyone freezing in T5 at the best of times.
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Old Jun 17, 20, 2:14 am
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Originally Posted by sxc View Post
I think youre being overly optimistic. Arrivals is for visitors who cant check into their hotels. Are there many of those? Even if there are some, Im sure the mindset of BA will be well we are in a crisis, we really dont need to provide that service.

As for table service, I think its more likely that it will be ambient snacks only in the lounge regardless of class.
I possibly may be, but once one airside lounge is up and running the arrivals lounge would be another easy target to open up and comply with social distancing guidelines. In many ways I agree with your analysis of the BA mindset, but in this case I feel it may be an exception to the trend. If they had any sense, they could actually use the opportunity to provide real service uplift whilst passenger numbers are at an all time low. Of course it's just an opinion, but I can't see them only offering ambient snacks at LHR for two reasons. Firstly from the cost perspective, and secondly, hot food is equally easy to prepare and serve from a counter station or delivered to table.
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Old Jun 17, 20, 3:36 am
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Any updates about BA lounges around the world?
Thinking about FCO for example - Italy is basically back to normal (restaurants and bars are open).
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Old Jun 17, 20, 3:55 am
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Ah, I see. What I'm trying to say is that "if" the First lounge opens, it may be available to all eligible lounge users, with a possible separate area for CCR users. Those of silver status or J travellers shalt not be left in the cold.
Agree. Makes sense to me. I wouldnt be surprised at all that will happen initially.

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