British Airways to permanently close its New York airport lounges

Come December, all three of BA’s lounges at JFK airport will close their doors for the last time.

By David Flynn, January 27 2022
British Airways to permanently close its New York airport lounges

British Airways is set to pull down the shutters on its exclusive Concorde Room, first class lounge and the business class Club Lounge at New York’s JFK airport.

The expansive spaces are a familiar sight to high flyers darting across the Atlantic, and were extensively renovated and refreshed in 2018-2019 as part of a £50 million investment program in the premium passenger experience.

But that wasn’t enough to save them from a future reshaped by the pandemic – and it’s a future in which the British flag-carrier will give up its own uniquely ‘slice of England’ lounges.

It'll soon be last call at BA's New York JFK First Lounge.
It'll soon be last call at BA's New York JFK First Lounge.

From December 2022, BA will move out of its long-standing home at JFK Terminal 7 and into Terminal 8, at the other end of the terminal precinct, where it will share the lounges of Oneworld partner American Airlines.

The shift will strengthen the two airlines’ trans-Atlantic joint business venture, which also includes BA siblings Iberia and Aer Lingus, along with Finnair.

(It’s not known if Iberia and Aer Lingus, which currently fly out of T7 and T5 respectively, will also relocate to T8; Finnair already operates from Terminal 8.)

It will also clear the way for the ageing Terminal 7 to be demolished and replaced by an all-new Terminal 6, which will become JetBlue’s JFK hub.

JFK Terminal 7 will be demolished to make way for the all-new Terminal 6 home of trans-Atlantic challenger JetBlue.
JFK Terminal 7 will be demolished to make way for the all-new Terminal 6 home of trans-Atlantic challenger JetBlue.

So come December, what’s the Terminal 8 lounge experience going to be like for BA’s frequent flyers?

It could turn out to be better than the lounges they’ve left behind, even allowing for those recent upgrades.

There’ll be three totally new lounges, each co-branded with both the American Airlines and British Airways logos, and between them they’ll have space for around 1,000 passengers.

In a joint release, the airlines promised “distinctive” designs “with original high-end finishes, evoking a unique sense of space while elevating the experience and service offered to every guest.”

And while the cosy Concorde Room will be retired, much like its supersonic namesake, British Airways is eager to reassure its VIP passengers they “will still be able to enjoy the excellent service delivered by the British Airways Concorde team and throughout their journey,”a BA spokeswoman advised Executive Traveller.

The Champagne Bar at what will be the new T8 First Class lounge.
The Champagne Bar at what will be the new T8 First Class lounge.

Executive Traveller has been told the “most exclusive lounge” of the trio will go all-out with a champagne bar, fireside lounge and an à la carte dining room.

We’re expecting this to be the new T8 Concorde Room equivalent: a fully-fledged first class lounge restricted to passengers travelling in the primo cabin, along with the likes of elite invitation-only programs such as British Airways Executive Club Premier, American Airlines ConciergeKey and Qantas Chairman’s Lounge.

Next door to this will be another “premium lounge”, the hallmarks of which will include “sweeping airside views, a wine bar, cocktail lounge, library and buffet.”

This render showcases what we expect will be an exclusive lounge for top-tier frequent flyers such as BA Golds.
This render showcases what we expect will be an exclusive lounge for top-tier frequent flyers such as BA Golds.

Meanwhile, two existing American Airlines lounges at T8 – the already-massive Flagship Lounge and the adjacent Admirals Club at T7 Concourse B – will be combined to create "a contiguous lounge for eligible business class customers”, making it analogous to BA’s T7 Club Lounge and thus also welcoming BA Executive Club Silver frequent flyers.

Tha being the case, we’re betting that the “premium lounge” with sweeping views etc will be the privileged domain of top-tier frequent flyers such as BA Executive Club Golds who aren’t ensconced in first class – aka, Terminal 8's take on the BA First Lounge.

And to help you get to those lounges faster, there’ll also be two new premium check-in areas.

Two new check-in areas should speed your path to the new lounges.
Two new check-in areas should speed your path to the new lounges.

The best is promised to provide “personalised, concierge-style service for top-tier guests” – which we take to mean first class passengers and high-status frequent flyers such as BA Golds and above– with “an exclusive new check-in space for eligible business customers” nearby.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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Hallelujah!   That BA aka Bloody Awful First Lounge at T7 JFk was a real shocker! Not that I'd fly BA First - did it once and that was enough, BA First being  some outmoded Business Class of Cathay Pacific, with the newer version with a coffin cover/boor , luckily with miles from SYD-SIN and got to use that other shocker Qantas First at Sydney(Is that aircon still broken? sweating because the lounge is empty and they are saving the power, where you walk out smelling like a chinese takeaway because of inadequate ventilation of the cooking area  which opens into the lounge - now try Swiss First A Gates cooking in front of you at your call but great ventilation behind a glass window and F Lounge E Gates cooking  in a kitchen served by the wait staff) Anyways, Cathay First JFK-HKG is always a good choice, and even though there is no Cathay First to non-discerning Aussie market, you get to use the First lounges at KKG), so it was super when Cathay moved to T8 and you just now use the AA Flagship First Lounge and Dining Room (looks like they are going to improve it even more, shame I loved my Flagship First Dining Room JFK  dining alone) 

22 Jan 2018

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Yes!!! T7 was an awful terminal. I last flew in 2019....it got worse with the rise and rise of Alaska Airlines. So crowded, sometimes it was hard to say where the checkin queues ended and where the security check queues began. I've always been a fan of T8 so I'm pleased that BA (and QR's afternoon departure) will also relo to T8. 


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