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THE LOFT Business Lounge by Brussels Airlines

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THE LOFT by Brussels Airlines is at the Schengen departure hall, which is uber busy upon my visit ,I was very nervous about taking pictures in the lounge as so many people were looking at me.This lounge is very much commercialised as some of the area are apparently reserved for specific groups and they have a counter for lending tablets and they have a video chat room sponsored by Skype,yep,Skype.

The lounge is also quiet smart at some places, they have both USB and normal socket under desk spread across the whole lounge, which you can charge your phone either standing next to the bar or sit next to the food counters.

They have some Belgian specialties which is very nice like the big fat Belgian waffles and their special taste of local beers which the Radisson RED hotel also offered ,you can find more about that here.

They have many different kind of seating options and arrangements ,unfortunately it was all full when I was there. They are definitely running out of capacity for the market inside Europe,they are probably trying to save up on costs since they are finding it difficult competing with low-cost airlines already.


Bottom Line:

This lounge is a very decent business product, it has some of most essential features and amenities business traveller requires,however the over capacity is something they probably will fix in the long run as the global aviation industry is still growing at past path.


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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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