London City Airport plans to open two airport lounges, bringing an end of the oddity of this very business travel-oriented airport being uniquely loungeless.
As we noted in our review of British Airways flight BA1 from London City to New York, selected passengers are offered a complimentary meal at an airport cafe, but most time-pressed corporate travellers arrive well less than an hour before departure – in fact, for BA1 you can even check in for the flight as late as 15 minutes before departure.
However, not everyone likes to cut things so fine, while some use their lounge time to tackle last-minute work.
Additionally, London City Airport has been slowly but steadily repositioning itself to attracting more leisure travellers: a mix that's been hastened in these these strange coronavirus-impacted times, with the airport now attracting a 50/50 split between the business and leisure segments.
To help gear the airport towards the habits of leisure travellers, London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair has revealed that the airport is now planning to open not one but two lounges, according to UK travel blog Head for Points.
There's no solid detail on who will run those lounges – will British Airways roll out a boutique version of its new-look 'light and airy' lounge design, or will both spaces be operated by specialists such as Plaza Premium and No1 Lounges?
Regardless of which brand appears on the shingles, business class passengers and frequent flyers alike will welcome the news that London City is finally getting its own lounges.