Low-Cost easyJet Launches Its First Lounge At London Gatwick

The use of airport lounges is an aspect of travel that is typically associated with full-service carriers. However,…

Low-Cost easyJet Launches Its First Lounge At London Gatwick

The use of airport lounges is an aspect of travel that is typically associated with full-service carriers. However, UK low-cost carrier easyJet is looking to break the mold, having opened a lounge of its own at London Gatwick Airport (LGW). Opening tomorrow, passengers will be able to book stays of up to three hours for the facility in Gatwick’s North Terminal.

easyJet is the largest airline at Gatwick’s North Terminal. Photo: Getty Images

easyJet’s first dedicated lounge

As of tomorrow, easyJet passengers departing from the North Terminal at London Gatwick Airport will be able to use the airline’s first dedicated lounge. Known as The Gateway, the orange-clad low-cost carrier has teamed up with No1 Lounges to open the facility. easyJet’s partnership with Holiday Extras is also a key aspect of the setup.

As is typical for airport lounges, the space will offer passengers somewhere to both work and relax, with free WiFi and charging points to suit the former. Meanwhile, a selection of complimentary hot and cold menus will be available, alongside a comprehensive bar featuring various signature cocktails. Shaun Weston, No1 Lounges’ MD, stated:

We are excited to launch this new lounge concept at Gatwick Airport in partnership with easyJet. The Gateway is the destination at Gatwick North Terminal to enjoy a laid-back, relaxed pre-flight experience.  This new lounge concept will be the first opportunity for us to develop a new market segment in partnership with easyJet.”

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The Gateway is designed to cater to both business and leisure travelers. Photo: easyJet

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Times and costs

Passengers will have to pay to use easyJet’s new lounge. Some airlines might offer free lounge access to business/first class passengers and/or frequent fliers. However, easyJet’s aircraft don’t have premium cabins, and its Flight Club loyalty program is an exclusive, invitation-only scheme. As such, it makes sense to open the lounge to paying customers.

You can pre-book your visit to The Gateway online through easyJet’s partnership with Holiday Extras. The airline also explains that walk-up entry is possible. Those using the lounge can have one, two, or three-hour slots, which are available for the following prices.

  • One hour – £18.50 ($25.45).
  • Two hours – £24.00 ($£33.01).
  • Three hours – £32.00 ($44.02).
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easyJet is seeing its business passengers begin to return to the skies. Photo: Getty Images

Ideal timing

The opening comes at an opportune time, with easyJet stating that corporate companies are “attracted by its value, network, and approach to sustainability.” With the UK aviation industry in recovery, easyJet hopes to capitalize on increasing business and leisure demand. Rachael Smith, its Commercial Proposition & Innovation Director, explained that:

The launch is timely as we are seeing the recovery begin in the UK, not only for leisure travel where winter sun destinations are proving popular once again, but for business travellers too, who are returning in their biggest numbers since before the pandemic.”

Overall, it will certainly be interesting to see how popular easyJet’s new lounge proves to be. It is an interesting step that will introduce a full-service aspect, albeit at a cost, to an otherwise low-cost operator. The longer you book for, the better value it becomes, so passengers may wish to book in for the full three hours and sample all its delights.

What do you make of easyJet’s new lounge at London Gatwick? Are you tempted to give it a try during a future trip? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back

Singapore Airlines is to bring back its Manchester-Houston service from December 1st. The route, which was Singapore Airlines’…

Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back

Singapore Airlines is to bring back its Manchester-Houston service from December 1st. The route, which was Singapore Airlines’ first transatlantic service from the UK when announced in 2016, will restart for the first time since the pandemic outbreak. Flights will run three times a week onboard the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A350-900s in a three-class configuration.

Singapore Airlines is resuming its popular Manchester-Houston service. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Singapore Airlines brings back Manchester-Houston

Singapore Airlines has announced it will resume its Manchester-Houston service after the route was suspended for around 18 months. Flights are set to restart on December 1st and run three times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

The schedule is as follows:

  • SQ52 will depart Manchester at 10:05, arriving in Houston at 14:25
  • SQ51 will depart Houston at 18:50, arriving in Manchester at 09:30 the next day

Mohamed Rafi Mar, UK and Ireland General Manager at Singapore Airlines, said,

“We are delighted to resume our Houston flights and offer more travel options to our passengers from the Manchester region, after relaunching our flights to Singapore in the summer.”

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The Manchester-Houston service will operate three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Photo: Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

The decision comes after the U.S announced it will allow British travelers into the country from November 8th. Before the COVID pandemic, Manchester-Houston was one of the airline’s most popular ‘fifth-freedom‘ routes, as well as its first transatlantic service from the UK when launched in 2016.

Karen Smart, Manchester Airport Managing Director, said,

“It’s great to see Singapore Airlines bring back its Houston service, which pre-pandemic was very popular with our passengers across the north.”

Flights will be operated by the A350-900

The carrier’s A350-900 fleet will serve the Manchester-Houston route. Planes will be in a three-class configuration, consisting of 42 business (1-2-1 layout), 24 premium economy (2-4-2) and 197 economy class (3-3-3) seats.

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Singapore Airlines has the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A350s. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Singapore Airlines has a fleet of 55 A350-900s, overtaking Qatar Airways as the world’s largest A350 operator. Simple Flying got the chance to fly business class on one of SIA’s A350-900s back in 2019.

Karen Smart added,

“With the US opening up to British passengers from November 8 this route will be well received by the three million people across our catchment area that fly to and from America each year.”

35 years at Manchester Airport

Singapore Airlines returned to Manchester Airport this summer after an enforced hiatus, resuming its Manchester-Singapore service. This route is also served by the airline’s fleet of A350-900s in the same three-class configuration and runs thrice weekly.

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Singapore Airlines has operated at Manchester Airport since 1986. Photo: Getty Images

The airline has long retained a presence in Manchester (since 1986), with its return marking 35 years at the airport. Its popular Manchester-Houston route was first introduced in 2016 and became SIA’s first transatlantic service from the UK. Interestingly, the first-ever commercial A350 flight from Manchester was conducted by Singapore Airlines on the same route.

Are you happy to see SIA restarting its Manchester-Houston service? Do you have any plans to fly with SIA from Manchester? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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