Most expensive and cheapest airport lounges for business travelers

FairFX has released a study ranking the airports likely to produce the biggest and smallest expense forms.

The study compared the price of various common expenses at 25 airports in the UK and overseas.

The cheapest lounge was in Tokyo, where access to the Narita Travel lounge is £8.74.

Beijing was the best value overall, based on a basic lunch for one, mid-range dinner for two, taxis to and from the airport and a mid-range hotel for under £200, while London’s Stansted was three times as much – the most expensive in the ranking.

Top 5 most expensive airport executive lounges

RankAirportName of loungeCost for 1 adult
1DubaiEmirates lounge (non member access) £199.60
2London CityFirst Class Club £95.00
3London Heathrow T2Plaza premium £40.00
4London Heathrow T5Club Aspire £34.99
5FrankfurtSky Lounge £34.07

 

Top 5 cheapest airport executive lounges

RankAirportName of loungeCost for 1 adult
1TokyoNarita Travel lounge £8.74
2London Gatwick – NorthMy lounge North £20.00
3GlasgowUpper deck £22.00
4AmsterdamAspire lounge £23.58
5London Heathrow T3Club Aspire £24.99

 

Cost of one week of premium parking (defined as the best/most convenient on offer)

RankAirportCost of executive/premium parking for one week
1Amsterdam £290.44
2Singapore £223.90
3Paris £166.84
4Dubai £150.11
5Toronto £145.36

 

Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO at FairFX, said: “Employee expenses can be a costly business for any size company, but for small and medium sized businesses in particular, it can be an even more hard-hitting impact on your bottom line.

“It’s scary to see just how easily expenses can pile up depending on which destination you’re in, and how wildly they vary from place to place. While you might not have much choice over the destinations where you do business, it’s worth considering your departure airport if you want more control over what’s being spent.

Expenses: lunch, taxi, dinner and hotel costs

RankAirport/ DestinationBasic lunch for one in the business districtTaxi costs – airport to city (one way)3 course meal for two in a mid-range restaurantOne night in a double room, mid-range hotelTotal (including exec lounge and parking)
1London Stansted – London £11.00 £293.29 £50.00 £150.00 £608.29
2Amsterdam £12.23 £53.28 £56.78 £131.03 £567.35
3London Gatwick – South – London £11.00 £210.53 £50.00 £150.00 £520.53
4London Gatwick – North – London £11.00 £210.53 £50.00 £150.00 £514.53
5Dubai £11.39 £6.98 £24.85 £113.88 £506.80
6London Heathrow T5 – London £11.00 £138.21 £50.00 £150.00 £477.00
7London Heathrow T2 – London £11.00 £138.21 £50.00 £150.00 £476.81
8London Heathrow T4 – London £11.00 £138.21 £50.00 £150.00 £473.81
9London City – London £11.00 £67.38 £50.00 £150.00 £468.38
10Paris £13.10 £41.84 £48.92 £165.97 £467.24
11London Luton – London £11.00 £120.42 £50.00 £150.00 £462.90
12London Heathrow T3 – London £11.00 £138.21 £50.00 £150.00 £461.80
13Singapore £6.66 £8.66 £27.76 £124.94 £420.93
14Toronto £9.88 £35.99 £46.52 £98.85 £367.01
15Bristol £9.00 £29.87 £50.00 £100.00 £341.85
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