Aspire Lounges to reopen at Gatwick North Terminal and Heathrow Terminal 5 this weekend
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Travellers flying out of London Heathrow Terminal 5 and London Gatwick North Terminal will soon be able to enjoy a pre-flight lounge experience with the reopening the airports’ Aspire lounges on 11 July. This is great news for Priority Pass holders, who are entitled to entry to both lounges.
Executive Lounges has detailed new measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of lounge guests as well as Aspire Lounge staff. For social distancing purposes, there will be reduced capacity in lounges and, where possible, self-service check-in. Increased cleaning measures have also been put in place using a Microbe Shield formula.
In terms of food and drink, table service will replace the self-service buffet and menus will be smaller than usual to a “low contact” menu. There will also be a limit of three alcoholic drinks per guest.
At Gatwick, the menu will include sausage barm; veggie sausage barm; soup of the day; one of either pork cider casserole, butternut squash and chickpea casserole or vegetable and bean tagine; as well as a selection of cold dishes and sides. The menu will be the same at the Heathrow T5 Aspire Lounge but with the additional hot dish option of beef and cheddar cheese casserole.
It will still be possible to make group bookings, but these must be made in accordance to current government guidelines and include a limit of two households.
The wearing of a mask in both the Gatwick and Heathrow lounges is mandatory as per each of the airports’ COVID-19 regulations.
Elsewhere, the lounge provider has already opened lounges in Amsterdam Schiphol and Zurich. Last weekend, British Airways reopened two of its lounges at Heathrow. With the reopening of the Aspire Lounge at Heathrow, passengers travelling through T5 will have three options: Aspire, British Airways’ First lounge or BA’s Arrivals lounge.
Priority Pass is the largest collection of airport lounges with over 1,000 across the world. You can either take out a membership through the Priority Pass website, or, you can get the highest level of membership as a benefit of the Platinum Card by American Express.
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