Virgin Atlantic temporarily closes all Clubhouse locations, including Newark permanently

Mar 30, 2020

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

Virgin Atlantic has temporarily closed all of the Clubhouse lounges in its network. As of Monday, 30 March, the airline will no longer be offering lounge services at any of its Clubhouse locations throughout its network.

Here’s the breakdown of closures throughout the Clubhouse network:

  • Boston (BOS) — As of 18 March, the Clubhouse is closed, expected to reopen in around 5-8 weeks.
  • Johannesburg (JNB) — As of 25 March, the Clubhouse is closed, expected to reopen in around 5-8 weeks.
  • London Gatwick (LGW) — As of 23 March, the Clubhouse is closed, expected to reopen on 1 June.
  • London Heathrow (LHR) — As of 30 March, the Clubhouse is closed, expected to reopen in around four weeks (20 April). The airline said that eligible passengers will be able to pick up vouchers for food and drinks at check-in. As previously announced, the Revivals arrival lounge is closed, set to reopen on 1 June.
  • Los Angeles (LAX) — As of 18 March, the Clubhouse is closed, expected to reopen in around 5-8 weeks. Eligible passengers will be able to access the Delta Sky Club and are able to pick up vouchers for food and drinks at the airport.
  • New York (JFK) — As of 28 March, the Clubhouse is closed, expected to reopen in around 5-8 weeks. Eligible passengers will be able to access the Delta Sky Club.
  • Newark (EWR) — The lounge is now closed permanently, following the announcement that the airline would end the route.
  • San Francisco (SFO) — As of 18 March, the Clubhouse is closed, expected to reopen in around 5-8 weeks. Eligible passengers will be able to pick up vouchers for food and drinks at the airport.
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) — As of 20 March, the Clubhouse will be closed, expected to reopen in around 5-8 weeks.

Last week, the airline announced that it was closing its Revivals arrival lounge at LHR. In addition, it announced that it was suspending some offerings at its flagship Clubhouse, but not yet closing it completely. This week, however, brings the closure of all Clubhouses in its network.

(Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

Virgin has been forced to announce some extreme measures in recent days in order to minimise its losses as a result of the coronavirus’ decline in demand to travel. Earlier Monday, Virgin announced that it would be operating only three routes for much of April.

Related: Virgin Atlantic to cut daily capacity by 80%, ground up to 85% of its fleet

During the periods when 85% of the airline’s fleet is grounded, it will have just six aircraft operating.

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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