EasyJet unveils first airport lounge at Gatwick

Price range airline easyJet has unveiled its first ever airport lounge in London Gatwick’s North Terminal.

The lounge – snappily named “The Gateway by easyJet & No1 Lounges” – opens tomorrow, 21 October, and might be booked upfront via the airline’s companion Vacation Extras, or in particular person whereas on the airport.

Anybody travelling from Gatwick – not simply easyJet clients – should buy one, two and three-hour packages to entry the lounge, costing from £18.50 for one hour.

There will likely be cold and hot foods and drinks on provide, sofas and tables to select from, speedy wifi, and a household space with a “TV den and video games room”.

“Vacation spot-inspired signature dishes, which change each quarter, will likely be supplied for these wishing to get that genuine style of Europe earlier than they jet-off, in addition to the lounge’s personal signature cocktail listing,” says an announcement from the airline.

The UK’s largest price range airline has partnered with No1 Lounges, a pioneer of the paid-for airport lounge mannequin, on the venue, which is launching to have a good time the return of enterprise journey.

Rachael Smith, Business Proposition & Innovation Director at easyJet, says: “We’re at all times on the lookout for alternatives to supply travellers extra alternative and nice worth, so we’re proud that The Gateway will be capable to provide one thing for everybody whether or not it’s all of the necessities for a workspace, someplace comfy to loosen up earlier than jetting off or to entertain the household.

The launch is well timed as we’re seeing the restoration start within the UK, not just for leisure journey the place winter solar locations are proving widespread as soon as once more, however for enterprise travellers too, who’re returning of their largest numbers since earlier than the pandemic.”

“As Gatwick’s largest airline, it’s implausible that easyJet has a devoted area for all passengers to loosen up earlier than their flight, whether or not travelling for enterprise, leisure or with their household,” added Gatwick’s chief industrial officer, Jonathan Pollard.

The information comes after easyJet’s chief industrial officer Sophie Dekkers stated in September that ministers “missed the boat” by delaying the most recent easing of journey guidelines till after the summer season.

She advised the Commons’ Transport Choose Committee: “By way of gross sales over the weekend, they did decide up however to not the extent that we’ve seen in earlier bulletins as a result of we’ve missed the summer season.

“October half-term might be the one huge alternative for folks (to go on vacation) within the close to time period, so though we noticed a superb uplift in buying and selling and gross sales over the weekend, we’ve missed the boat sadly with the summer season holidays.”

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