easyJet opens first lounge

Low-cost carrier easyJet has opened its first airport lounge, the jointly branded ‘The Gateway by easyJet & No1 Lounges’, at London Gatwick.

The Gateway, in Gatwick’s North Terminal, offers travellers a place to eat, drink, work and relax before a flight, with complementary destination-inspired hot and cold menus, self-serve side dishes, drinks and cocktails.

The lounge provides free Wi-Fi and areas to work with charging points, dining and lounge soft seating for relaxing, and family-friendly spaces such as a TV den and games room.   

The new lounge can be booked in advance through easyJet's partnership with Holiday Extras, online or on the day of travel. One, two and three-hour packages are available, with prices starting from £18.50.

Rachael Smith, commercial proposition and innovation director at easyJet, said: “We are delighted to be launching our very first airport lounge in partnership with No1 Lounges to serve passengers at London Gatwick, where we’re proud to be the largest airline. 

“The launch is timely as we are seeing the [travel] 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.”

All passengers travelling through Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal can book to use the lounge, regardless of airline or travel ticket class. They can also arrive without a booking and present their easyJet boarding pass on entry to the lounge.  

Shaun Weston, managing director at No1 Lounges, added: “This new lounge concept will be the first opportunity for us to develop a new market segment in partnership with easyJet.  We anticipate that the lounge will be extremely popular during the travel renaissance.”