Skyteam has confirmed that its branded lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 has closed permanently.
Last week we reported that Skyteam had reopened its Dubai lounge, the alliance’s third branded facility to reopen since the onset of Covid-19.
In the process of writing the piece we checked this page on Skyteam’s website, which lists the group’s current and forthcoming lounges, and noted that Heathrow is no longer listed.
The airport’s T4 has effectively been closed since May 2020 (with the exception of acting as an arrivals facility for flights from red list destinations), and is not expected to reopen until at least the start of 2022.
Terminal 4 has been the base for Skyteam for some years, but member carriers including Air France and KLM have gradually moved into Terminal 3 as flights have started to resume.
And a Skyteam spokesperson told Business Traveller:
“Skyteam’s lounge in Terminal 4 will remain closed as the lease for the facility expired. With the transfer of operations to Terminal 3, Skyteam Elite Plus, First and Business Class customers are invited to use selected alternative lounges before they fly when travelling from Heathrow.”
Heathrow was the location for the first Skyteam-branded lounge when it opened in 2009. Business Traveller has reviewed the facility several times, most recently in 2019.
It’s not clear what will happen when (or if) Skyteam returns to Terminal 4 next year.
In the meantime travellers wishing to experience a Skyteam lounge will need to head to Dubai, Vancouver or Istanbul.
The alliance also has a facility at Sydney which has yet to reopen, and will open its first Latin American lounge at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago de Chile will open later this year.