BA’s ORTIA lounge upgraded


British Airways has opened its refurbished Johannesburg lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport.

The lounge, situated on the first floor in international departures, has undergone a significant refurbishment, with the 880m2 floor space having been converted into one spacious lounge, with a dedicated boutique dining area for first class customers.

The lounge follows a new design concept, which debuted in 2018 and incorporates local design features with the ‘best of British’.

The new design means the lounge can comfortably host 247 customers.

It offers a modern, lobby bar area for socialising, a brasserie dining area and office space with ample work stations and power outlets.

Zoned areas enable guests to select their preferred area depending on their mood and requirements.

The lighting is specifically tailored for each zone and adjusted to be appropriate for the time of day.

The lobby bar offers an extensive display of spirits, beers and soft drinks and a selection of South African wines.

Catering in the onsite kitchen is provided by Food Directions, the same caterer that serves the award-winning SLOW lounges.

The menu includes hot and cold options including fresh seasonal salads, mezze, local charcuterie and Indezi River cheeses, as well as traditional comfort-food favourites such as Cape Malay curry.

The newly-introduced First Boutique Dining pairs a pre-flight a la carte menu, designed by the in-house chef, with an extensive wine list featuring selections from some of South leading estates.