BA closes ORTIA lounges for refurbishment


British Airways has closed its Galleries First and Club lounge at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport for refurbishment.

Eligible customers will be temporarily redirected to either the SLOW Lounge or the Aspire Lounge at the airport.

No re-opening date has been given, although it is expected later this year.

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

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