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SkyCourt Lounge Review Budapest Airport,Hungary

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The SkyCourt lounge in Budapest Airport is supposed to be the biggest business lounge in Budapest airport, as it was said so on their website.The lounge is operated by the Malév Ground Handling who is apparently the partner of many airlines at the airport.

My first impression of the lounge is that the entrance might be a little tacky, as clearly they put up a layer of protective film on the glass wall. The check in was done in a few minutes which includes a three to five minutes waiting time, as somehow the passenger before me had some issue with their cards.

The lounge has many amenities catered to different needs during travel.

Business area, features computers and printers.


The Food:

A decent selection of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.

The soft drinks and juices are all packed in such family-size (huge) bottles, maybe it’s served Finno-Ugric style?

A decent collection of food serving, with some Hungarian speciality I guess, some tasted quiet nice as some others might too exotic to my taste bud. Overall a bunch of good serving options.

All the menu information are already been put up on the wall as part of their decor. At the so-called coffee corner, although you wouldn’t see some fancy coffee machine but all the normal coffee options are all provided.

Not only was the food and drinks served in large portion, the consumption was also done in fast pace. This is something I’ve never experienced as there were both foreign and local passengers in the lounge in a busy Monday afternoon. Everybody was constantly getting food from the serving counters, and what I saw was staff coming out of the kitchen with even more food to replenish.

The majority of newspaper and magazines are in Hungarian which I probably will never learn. They do not have the normal business traveller reading materials like Times, the Guardian etc.

There were a lot of seating area, and the sofa is huge compared to a normal one, below you can also see some dining table sets which is smaller.

I do have to admit the lounge is starting to showing its ages, as the wear and tear seemed to me happens at a much larger scale than other airport lounges I’ve been to. Seem the sofa leathering below.


Bottom Line:

The Budapest airport isn’t necessarily one of the biggest in Europe, but for an airport with a large passenger traffic flow, the SkyCourt lounge serves as an important service provider. It might not have a shower or serves caviar. But it satisfy the many functionalities a business traveler desires.

If you are visiting the airport anytime soon, remember to check out their rooftop terrace, it’s a perfect location for plane-spotting, besides, it also has a bar there.

Stay tuned, until next time.

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Air France Salon Lounge Lyon Review, France

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The Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is the second main hub for Air France’s regional subsidiary HOP!, the airline is created to help Air France to keep market share, the only all year round Air France flight operates from Lyon is a feeder route to Paris Charles De Gaulle. The lounge is newly renovated earlier this year and it’s located right outside the gate 21B boarding area; the auto-sliding door at the entrance will get you a lot of attention from people waiting for boarding outside.

Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details
Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details

Practical Info:

Contracted Airlines:

  • Air France
  • HOP! by Air France
  • Aeroflot
  • KLM

Admission:

  • Business Class, First Class on contracted airlines
  • Skyteam Elite
  • €25 or 6,000 Flying Blue Miles *subject to availability

Opening Hours:

  • 5:40-22:00

Area Size:

  • 280 sq. m.
  • 85 seats
  • Dedicated Platinum Ultimate area
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance

Seating Area:

Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon
Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon

After the renovation earlier this year, the lounge now looks in line with Air France’s new design concept of French chic and elegance, the seating are more comfortable, with different layout options that suits to different passengers need.

Seating Area Near Concourse
Seating Area Near Concourse

In addition to newer seating design, Air France went one step ahead with more dedicated attention for its first class La Premier and Platinum Ultimate passengers with an exclusive seating area which are blocked for them, this corner will get you special attention from lounge staff which includes a light conversation regarding your personal life and then they will bring the slev service items from the counter all the way to you, and even more, they might prepare you with the selv-serve counter snacks to be nicely unwrapped onto a plate in the kitchen and serve it to you with fork, knife and napkins. You will of course also get all the eye attention from other normal elites through the glass wall.

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Platinum Ultimate Area Lyon Air France Salon Lounge


Food & Drinks:

The food and drinks options are rather limited, this can be the problem for all Air France Salon Lounges, packaged biscuits and crackers are hardly something people really want to eat, there are as daw as chewing wax, but they are served only for the purpose of having things to offer.

Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Pastry Display Counter
Pastry Display Counter
Drink Service Cups
Drink Service Cups

Although the hot drink cups came with a new design, so came the cost-cutting measures like having the chocolate or tea bag being fixed to the cup itself which kan save their staff more time to do inventories check while passengers can feel more like visiting a fast food joint.

Drinks & Beer Display
Drinks & Beer Display

Conclusion:

The Air France Salon Lounge at Lyon airport came with the newly expanded Terminal 2 building, facilities and amenities inside the terminal are kept at the minimum while being new and clean, so is what I have to comment about the new lounge. The lounge decor is up to date with Air France’s overall new service concept, while cost cutting had been put into practice at every aspect possible. I certainly wouldn’t recommend paying in any form to gain access to this lounge, as during quieter hours, the terminal itself has more area to sit and explore than this.

Being a frequent traveller these days can only remind people of lowering their own expectations, though the hallway inside the lounge does bring you some peace and solitude while being at such a hectic place like the airport.

Tarmac View From The Lounge
Tarmac View From The Lounge

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