19/02/2014

New £300,000 Lounge Unveiled At George Best Belfast City Airport

British Airways has unveiled its new £300,000 lounge at George Best Belfast City Airport.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways' parent company, International Airlines Group, officially opened the 285sq metre development, telling VIP guests including Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, that the new lounge demonstrated British Airways’ commitment to its customers from Northern Ireland.

The refurbishment, which forms part of the airline's £5 billion investment programme to make travelling more comfortable in the air and on the ground, will ensure that local customers will receive a top class and unparalleled travelling experience even before they have taken off.

Mr Walsh said: "British Airways' new lounge represents a significant investment and shows the importance of the Belfast operation within our global network. We want to continue to lead the way in customer service excellence and our lounges play a critical role in delivering a premium experience to our customers.

"The Belfast City to London Heathrow route remains a vital artery for the flow of business and commerce and is essential to sustain and grow the local economy.

"We recently announced that all our Belfast flights will be moving to our flagship Heathrow home, Terminal 5, at the end of October. Customers connecting to British Airways’ extensive worldwide network from Heathrow will now benefit from being able to connect to more long-haul destinations without having to transfer between terminals – cutting minimum connection times by 30 minutes."

The British Airways Belfast lounge offers panoramic views of the airfield, and offers an exclusive experience for customers. Located airside and adjacent to Door A, the lounge offers direct boarding on to the aircraft.

(CSV/CD)

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