Review: British Airways Terraces Lounge, Newcastle


The content for this report is as follows:

Lounge access guidelines
  • British Airways Gold and Silver card holders
  • OneWorld Emerald and Sapphire card holder
  • Passengers travelling in Club Europe

Despite British Airways closing a good few lounges over the past decade or so, they have kept them open at more or less all of the UK airports they serve. Whilst the likes of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester are understandable, the lounge in Newcastle has always struck me as an odd one. Not because there’s a lack of British Airways flights, but more to do with the fact that every time I’ve been in, there’s only ever been a handful of people in it. And it’s a pretty large space.

I guess this is the reasoning why it has retained the older Terraces style branding and when it came to its refurbishment a few years back, it consisted of replacing the furniture with cast offs from the Glasgow lounge when itself had a refurbishment.

Access is a curious one too. Although being situated next door to the third party Aspire lounge, you have to pass through a point of no return almost, as if you were going to exit in order to reach the entrance. It is signposted, but these can easily be missed if you’re unfamiliar with the airport.

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You can probably just about make out the sign for the lounge…

Once you reach the lounge, it’s pretty easy to spot, as there’s a glass wall running along the corridor.

Note the sign on the door saying it’s for departing passengers only. As mentioned, the lounge is accessed by the exit route – as such, you pass it when disembarking from your arriving flight.

lounge entry

Through the double doors, there’s the reception desk and beyond that, the lounge is more or less a large square area, with various partitions around.

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Making your way around the lounge, there’s a small buffet and dining area with a selection of sandwiches, soup and crisps. It doesn’t sound like much (And to be honest, it isn’t) although it’s the same as what’s offered in every other British Airways lounge outside of London.

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lounge buffet
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In front of this is a table with scones and jam. I suspect this table is home to various pastries during the breakfast hours.

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Moving around the lounge in an anti-clockwise direction. Next to the buffet area there’s a washroom and a kitchen area that is partitioned off. As we hit the back wall, there’s a business centre with around half a dozen or so PC’s, although power points appeared to be lacking.

 business area

As we carry on, we then reach the bar area. This consists of various spirits and wines, along with a few fridges full of soft drinks and beers. Although sadly there wasn’t any Speedbird 100 available.

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spirits
 wine

In front of both the business centre and bar area is a library type area – although there weren’t too many books.

 library

Along the final wall, is a tv area with more seating followed by a magazine rack. There wasn’t the biggest selection of newspapers however – just the times. And not too much variety in the way of magazines either.

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My Thoughts

So there we have it. Not the most glamorous lounge in the world, but it definitely serves a purpose. I like the fact it’s probably one of the bigger BA outstation lounges. At least it seems that way due to the open plan nature of it. Plus the fact every time I’ve been in, it’s never had more than a handful of people in it. The facilities could be a little better. A few more newspapers and magazines wouldn’t go amiss. I would mention the food and beverage options lacking somewhat too, but this isn’t really specific to this lounge. It’s the same at every British Airways outstation lounge across the UK. Also of note is there was a lack of personal plugs around – I ended up unplugging a lamp to charge my phone up.

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