Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3052 posts, RR: 2 Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2907 times:
Does US Airways still operate lounges at Gatwick, from what I remember they had an Executive Lounge in Departues and also an Arrival Lounge...
I was just wondering because nothing is posted on their website, and these days LGW only handles one US flight a day to CLT and this will probably switch to LHR at some point in the future, as and when suitable slots become available.
Back in its day, their were up to four US flights a day at LGW, flying to 2x PHL, 1x CLT and PIT.
Jcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2861 times:
Back in the 90s it was Sir Ivor Broom's lounge. I went through there every three or four weeks for several years. I never found out who this guy is/was, but it seemed to be a lounge that several airlines used for their business class lounge. Nothing fancy: down stairs, around corners, cookies were in plastic wrappers, coffee/tea, soda pop, and requested hard drinks. For US's few flights a day, that was sufficient.
Then, I went to Continental's dedicated lounge at the other side of the terminal and thought, "This is what a lounge for grown ups should be like."
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6235 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2826 times:
The US lounge in LGW was closed a while ago, if I recall correctly over a year ago. It did not seem to make sense as it's just a mtter of time when CLT gets a LHR flight, when that comes aroound I fear the LGW station will close.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7737 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2696 times:
Quoting Jcavinato (Reply 2): Back in the 90s it was Sir Ivor Broom's lounge. I went through there every three or four weeks for several years. I never found out who this guy is/was,
Air Marshall Sir Ivor Broom DSO, DFC and two bars was a World War 2 bomber pilot who flew Mosquito fighter-bombers and Blenheim and Sterling Bombers. He also flew the EE Canberra post-war establishing a new trans-Atlantic record in that type in 1955. He ended his RAF service as CO of 11 Group which flew the EE Lightening Fighter which he piloted himself.
Between 1974 and 1977 he was Controller of National Air Traffic Services with responsibility for ATC over the UK and the eastern North Atlantic. It is probably this more mundane activity that resulted in the lounge named after him at LGW.