EasyJet opening its first airport lounge at London Gatwick Airport
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EasyJet is getting into the airport lounge business. The carrier is opening its very first lounge on 21 October at London’s Gatwick Airport, where EasyJet is the largest operating airline.
Budget airlines operating a lounge is not a typical industry strategy, but EasyJet sees an opportunity to bolster its bottom line as travel rebounds. With business travel beginning to return and family holidays being booked, easyJet believes the lounge will prove an attractive option for all manner of travellers.
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The Gateway lounge, as it is called, is a co-branded venture between EasyJet and No1 Lounges. It is located in Gatwick’s North Terminal. It will have free Wi-Fi and charging stations, quiet work zones for those who need to get work done before boarding, as well as a place for holidaymakers to relax with their children before their flight.
The Gateway will have many of the amenities veteran travellers expect to find at an airport lounge, including a selection of hot and cold menu items, self-serve side dishes and a variety of available drinks. But EasyJet is also offering a few extra flourishes to make the lounge stand out, such as specially-made dishes that are inspired by European destinations, and a signature cocktail list.
Access to the lounge will be available from 6am to 6pm daily, in packages that range in length from one to three hours. They can be booked in advance or walk-up service on the day you travel from £18.50. You can find out details on how to book time in the lounge here. The lounge will also accept Priority Pass members.
The new lounge is also available to all ticketed airport passengers, but easyJet fliers will have priority access. COVID-19 protocols will be in effect at the lounge, with hand sanitation stations in place and mask-wearing encouraged.
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