The British Airways Business Class Lounge at Manchester Airport is located in terminal 3, where the BA flights operate from. The lounge is located upstairs from the shopping area after passing through airport security.
On entering the lounge I confirmed with Reception that access to the British Airways lounge is by invite only. As a result you can only gain entry if you are either a Business or First class ticket holder, a premium (Silver or Gold) BA Executive Club card holder or a guest of a BA Executive Club gold card holder. In addition if you are an Emerald or Sapphire level member of a oneworld frequent flyer scheme.
If you fit none of these criteria but want to use an executive lounge in Manchester Airport Terminal 3 you can pay to use the neighbouring Escape Lounge. (Save money by booking in advance to use the Escape Lounge.) Whilst there is quite a wide selection of lounges at Manchester Airport, terminal 3 is very short on numbers for lounges.
The appearance of the BA lounge T3 was very smart and clean. It is clearly well maintained and not dated, although the floral design on some of the upholstery seemed like a throwback from a time past. The interior design was very much in keeping with the BA Galleries lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5.
The so called BA Terraces Lounge at the airport is a circular room, with internal windows looking down onto the Manchester Terminal 3 shops below. At one side of the lounge there are windows with a good view of the runway should anyone be a keen plane spotter.
I arrived into the lounge just after 8am in anticipation of my BA flight from Manchester to Heathrow. It was a breakfast serving for refreshments so the range included cold cereals, freshly made porridge, danish and savoury items plus some fresh fruit. I was glad to see the cornflakes were genuine Kellogg’s rather than the cheap stuff you sometimes see in hotels and B&Bs.
Considering that I was about to take a flight with food on board (to purchase) the food selection was probably sufficient in the lounge but there was a risk of leaving feeling hungry. I think the option of some hot food, such as a traditional sausage sandwich or bacon butty would be most welcome.
The BA lounge in terminal 3 drinks selection included fruit juices (orange, pineapple etc) and a coffee vending machine. For those of you who criticise my use of the term “white coffee” the vending machine seemed to endorse my British terminology.
There was also a selection of fridge contained canned drinks plus some alcoholic beverages. Irrespective of it being breakfast time I never fail to see someone in a lounge taking advantage of free alcohol on offer!
The “Terraces Lounge” (like all modern lounges now) offered a wifi service which was complimentary. The password to access the service was displayed in the lounge or available from Reception. The wifi was fair in speed rather than lightning fast. As always though with lounge wifi I try to stay secure online and made sure that I used my preferred VPN service to protect me.
There was also a small business centre in case you didn’t have a computer with you.
The toilet area was very clean and of reasonable size to cater for a busy lounge. The facilities included a baby changing area, disabled toilet plus a couple of showers with towels.
I was certainly impressed with the unique layout and décor of the British Airways terminal 3 lounge. It was a comfortable place to pitch up pre-flight. If I had any criticism it would be that the food serving could be enhanced with some hot food for breakfast, even if it just amounted to a sausage or bacon butty.
Overall though the British Airways business class lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3 was a decent stop off point pre-flight. If you have the opportunity I would recommend adding it to your itinerary. If you don’t qualify for entry then don’t forget the neighbouring Escape Lounge which you can pay to access.