Will I have lounge access? A complete list of the lounges currently open in major UK airports

Nov 4, 2020

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.

4 November 2020 update: Lounges across England have largely been closed due to the restrictions brought in for the second lockdown as of 5 November. Those in Scotland remain largely open. 

For many frequent flyers, a visit to the airport lounge before a flight is an important part of the travel experience.

But before you get to the airport, it’s helpful to know so you’re not wandering around a terminal only to be greeted with a closed door.

BA kicked things off in July when the airline reopened the First and Arrivals lounges at T5 at Heathrow followed by both the Galleries North and South lounges have followed suit. However, as of November 5, they will all be closed.

Related: How COVID-19 changed BA’s Galleries South lounge for the better

Many of the airport lounges in smaller, regional airports remain closed, including most No.1 Lounges and Aspire Lounges as well as all BA’s Terraces lounges.

Related: The 8 do’s and don’ts in an airport lounge

We will keep this post updated as and when get news of more lounge reopenings. Also, note that the linked reviews in this article are from pre-COVID times.

In This Post

London Heathrow (LHR)

All of Heathrow’s arriving and departing flights have been temporarily consolidated into Terminal 2 and Terminal 5, meaning airlines with dedicated lounges in the closed terminals will be offering passengers access to equivalent lounges.

Terminal 2

Terminal 5

Related: How can you access the British Airways Concorde Room Lounge?

London Gatwick (LGW)

North Terminal

  • Club Aspire Gatwick — closed from 4 November to 5 December 2020
  • No.1 Lounge — temporarily closed from 5 November 2020
  • Clubrooms — temporarily closed from 5 November 2020
  • My Lounge — closed
  • British Airways — closed

Eligible BA passengers are permitted to use the Club Aspire Lounge in the North Terminal.

Passengers with Clubrooms bookings may occasionally be hosted instead in the exclusive Library area within the No.1 Lounge.

South Terminal

All flights from Gatwick are now operating out of the North Terminal, meaning South Terminal lounges are closed.

  • Club Aspire — closed
  • No.1 Lounge — closed
  • Clubrooms — closed
  • My Lounge — closed

Manchester (MAN)

Terminal 1

  • Aspire Lounge — closed from 4 November to 5 December 2020
  • Escape Lounge — open (daily from 4:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
  • 1903 Lounge — closed
  • Emirates — closed

Terminal 2

After initally reopening, the airport has once again closed Manchester’s Terminal 2. All flights due to depart from Terminal 2 will now depart from Terminal 1.

  • Escape Lounge — closed
  • Aspire Lounge — closed

Terminal 3

  • Escape Lounge — closed
  • 1903 Lounge — closed
  • British Airways — closed

The airport’s private terminal PremiAir is also currently closed.

London Stansted (STN)

  • The Escape Lounge — open (daily from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.; groups of more than four are not permitted)

London Luton (LTN)

  • Aspire Executive Lounge — closed from 4 November to 5 December 2020
  • Clubrooms — closed

Aberdeen (ABZ)

  • Northern Lights Executive Lounge — open (daily from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, 12 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays)
  • British Airways — closed

Belfast City (BHD)

  • Aspire Lounge — closed
  • British Airways — closed

Birmingham (BHX)

  • Aspire Lounge — closed from 4 November to 5 December 2020
  • Aspire Lounge [South] — closed
  • Emirates Lounge — closed
  • No1 Lounge — closed
  • Clubrooms — closed

Bristol (BRS)

  • Aspire Lounge — closed from 4 November to 5 December 2020
  • AspirePlus Lounge — closed

Edinburgh (EDI)

  • Aspire Lounge — open (daily from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday to Friday and until 5:15 on Saturdays)
  • No1 Lounge — closed
  • British Airways — closed

Glasgow (GLA)

  • Lomond Lounge — closed
  • UpperDeck Lounge — open (daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • British Airways — closed
  • Emirates – closed

UpperDeck Lounge is now temporarily located within the Lomond Lounge

Newcastle (NCL)

  • Aspire Lounge — closed from 4 November to 5 December 2020
  • AspirePlus Lounge — closed
  • British Airways — closed

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