Review: British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen Airport

Visited January 2019

British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen
British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen

Where is it?

The British Airways Lounge is located airside in the transit hall used for both domestic and international departures.

After passing through security control, proceed towards gate 1 and use the stairs or the lift to get to the lounge, which is located next to the Northern Lights Lounge. There are several signs.

How do I get in?

Standard British Airways and OneWorld rules apply, which means the lounge is accessible to British Airways business class passengers as well as British Airways Silver and Gold and OneWorld Sapphire and Emerald members travelling the same day on British Airways (or any other OneWorld airline out of Aberdeen).

What’s it like?

The new lounge opened in May 2018. It measures 380 sqm and has the latest British Airways lounge design, similar to the one which opened a few months earlier in Rome. According to the information from British Airways the idea with the new lounge design is to provide “the very best of British and European design and delivering a luxurious and contemporary look and feel”. The new design concept is rather stylish but in a minimalistic and rather old-fashioned way. It is a nice mix of modern amenities and a fun retro feeling.

The lounge is basically divided into two areas. A dining area with the self-service buffet and bar, located straight after the reception desk. And a seating area with armchairs, located in an adjacent room to the dining area by the windows.

British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen
The main seating area

The seating area has a rather stylish design with armchairs in grey and dark blue and there are also bar stools by the windows. There is some nice local artwork in the lounge including “The Long Winding Shores” by Maddie Rose Hills, inspired by Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands.

There is a good view of the apron and the runway through the large panorama windows.

British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen
Nice apron view from the lounge

The lounge was inaugurated by HRH The Duchess of Rothesay, who outside of Scotland is better known as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and there is a plaque in the lounge from this day.

British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen
The plaque from the opening day

Food and drinks

The centrepiece of the dining area is the new signature granite topped bar which is also one of the first things you see when entering the lounge after the reception.

British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen
The bar area

Next to the bar there is a restaurant section with seats and tables for those who want to eat in the lounge.

British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen
The dining area

The selection of food and snacks is the standard one for British Airways domestic lounges at outstation airports with finger sandwiches, pastries, cocktail snacks, cookies and fresh fruits. Aberdeen Rowies, a typical Scottish bread roll, is available in the morning.

British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen
The self-service buffet corner

The selection of drinks is very extensive and very impressive for such a small lounge, including several types of red and white wine, sparkling wine, a good selection of spirits (naturally including Scottish whisky), juices and soft drinks. There is a coffee machine in the buffet corner.

British Airways Lounge, Aberdeen
Excellent selection of spirits

Facilities

Free wireless internet is available, there are two TVs and also some newspapers to read.

The lounge staff will usually announce the boarding for the British Airways flights to London.

Final impression

The new BA lounge in Aberdeen is a nice upgrade. Stylish but is a minimalistic and old-fashioned kind of way with a cool retro feeling. The centrepiece bar is pretty cool and the drinks selection is impressive, especially for an airport with no more than 3-5 BA flights per day. A standard selection of finger sandwiches and snacks is available to eat.

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