The new British Airways lounge at Cape Town airport

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Lounges go local

Edinburgh and Cape Town airports take a leaf out of Terminal 5’s Galleries Lounges for their new look.

If you’re flying to or from Edinburgh or Cape Town, you’ll be treated to new lounges in both airports.

Modelled on the Galleries Lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5, the lounges have their own unique twist, showcasing exceptional local design and talent.

In Edinburgh, subtle Scottish touches include upholstery provided by local supplier Muirhead and fabrics designed by Osborne & Little. Artwork from the British Airways collection has been supplemented by pieces from up and coming Scottish artists studying at the Edinburgh School of Art.

“It’s a lounge to be proud of,” said John Farrell, the first customer to be welcomed into the new space. “This is why we fly Club. It’s just a pleasure.”

Meanwhile in Cape Town, to ensure that customers get the full British Airways brand experience following increased frequency from May to October this year, the airport has also unveiled its new Galleries lounge.

Accommodating 148 customers, the new lounge is double the size of the existing facility, and is split into three zones for working, relaxing and dining. As well as showcasing up-and-coming South African artists, the dining options have been developed with local menu providers, while another dedicated area will showcase the best wines from the Cape region.

Kate Thornton, head of product and service, said: “This new, much larger lounge is a part of our £5bn investment in products and services to benefit our customers and will offer guests the facilities we know they value, such as places to work, relax, dine and freshen up.”