British Airways has closed its Galleries First and Club lounge at Johannesburg OR Tambo International airport for refurbishment.

A statement on the carrier’s website confirms that from this Thursday (May 23) eligible customers will be temporarily redirected to either the Slow Lounge or the Aspire Lounge at the airport.

No reopening date has been given – when Business Traveller recently interviewed BA’s Head of Ground Product Jude Winstanley, he advised that revamped lounges at San Francisco, Johannesburg and Geneva “are all due to deliver later this year”.

The carrier is gradually revamping its lounges under a new design direction which is moving away from the Galleries-style concept.

The temporary closure co-incides with BA reducing its frequency between London and Johannesburg from June 4, with capacity being moved across to the carrier’s Heathrow-Mumbai service.

British Airways transfers capacity from Johannesburg to Mumbai