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Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

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This is our review of The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport.

As part of my tour of Southampton Airport last week, I got to spend some time in The Spitfire Lounge. This is run by the airport directly and not contracted out.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK. You see all of the reviews here.

The lounge was last refurbished in 2018 when it became The Spitfire Lounge, before that it was called the Breeze Priority Lounge. It will look familiar to anyone who has been to the Northern Lights lounge in Aberdeen as both airports, as well as Glasgow, are owned by the same group.

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

The lounge was very quiet when I arrived at 2pm. The first guests started arriving around 2:30pm, ready for the next bank of flights around 4pm.

Who can use The Spitfire Lounge?

A sign just outside the lounge lists eligible passengers. This includes:

  • British Airways Silver / Gold cardholders, when flying BA
  • British Airways Club Europe passengers

The lounge can also be accessed with Priority Pass and DragonPass.

When is it open?

For the first time in a long time, the lounge is now open daily. The current hours are:

  • Sunday to Friday: 05:00 – 19.30
  • Saturday: 05:00 – 17:00

Where is The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport?

The Spitfire Lounge is about as far as you can get from the terminal gates. That’s ok, though, because the airport is tiny!

Once you exit duty free, follow the signs and head up the stairs:

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

On your way, you’ll pass a Costa Coffee with views of the runway and the airport restaurant called The Olive Tree.

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

Walk through the restaurant to the doors at the back, and keep following the corridor until you reach the entrance:

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

It’s not the most luxurious arrival as you have to walk through what appears to be a service corridor.

Inside The Spitfire Lounge

It’s a different story as soon as you step in, however. There is a person at the entrance to check your boarding pass or scan your Priority Pass / DragonPass.

Beyond this the lounge is split into two rooms which are roughly identical:

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

The lounge has seating for approximately 50 people, largely across groups of armchairs such as this:

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport


Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

As you can see, the skylight in the terminal building floods the lounge with light, although you only get views of baggage reclaim down below – perfect for some people watching!

The first ‘room’ features a small buffet serving snacks, hot and cold drinks and some alcohol.

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

There is also a staffed bar, should you want anything more than a beer or some wine.

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

The second ‘room’ is virtually identical, but is a bit quieter because it’s not near the entrance and doesn’t have a servery or bar.

Food and drink in The Spitfire Lounge

The Spitfire Lounge operates on a hybrid buffet-a la carte system. The buffet features simple snacks such as bowls of crisps, olives and muffins:

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

There is table service for everything else, including more substantial meals and drinks. There is a breakfast menu and a lunch/dinner menu, although in reality you can order from either.

The breakfast menu includes:

  • Artisan bacon roll
  • Artisan sausage roll
  • Artisan vegan sausage roll
  • Porridge

The lunch menu features:

  • Soup of the day
  • Macaroni cheese
  • Chili Con Carne
  • Vegan Penang curry

Although it was lunch time I went for the bacon roll. I was surprised by the size of it:

Review: The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport

The bacon was excellent – fresh and crispy. The food is all made freshly next door, in the kitchen of The Olive Tree restaurant.

When it comes to drinks, wines, beer and basic spirits are included, although you’ll have to pay for a glass of prosecco or premium gin (from £5, according to the menu).


Let’s be honest: you don’t expect a small airport like this to have a lounge as good as The Spitfire Lounge. In fact, I’ve been to many larger airports with significantly worse (or smaller) facilities.

Whilst the range of food on offer isn’t huge, the fact that it is a la carte and freshly prepared gets a big thumbs up from me, and my bacon roll was excellent.

One thing to note is that there are not a huge number of power points to charge devices – something to be aware of should you need a top up.

Comments (46)

  • Gavin says:

    Wonder if they will accept BA Silver status when flying on BA codeshare with Logan Air?

    • daveinitalia says:

      No, well they shouldn’t anyway. If it was a BA lounge you wouldn’t even get in (but a gold would in a BA lounge but not a contract lounge). Personally I think it’s wrong and a BA coded flight should allow access to the lounge if BA has an agreement with them but the airlines don’t see it that way.

      You will get tier points and Avios though so it’s not a total waste booking the codeshare

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