Arriving at the airport and queuing up for your baggage checks and then during security checks can be gruesome; but even after that, waiting at the boarding gate is frustrating. This can be because of the cramped seating, pushy passengers, frequent disturbing announcements, expensive food choices, and lots more. But you can escape from such hustle and bustle by accessing to the Air India airport lounge.
Airport lounges are tucked in special designated areas of the airport with a motive of providing a welcome respite and stress-free environment to the passengers. Initially, airport lounges were reserved only for the first class and executive class passengers; but in recent years, even an everyday leisure or economy class traveler can take the benefits of the airport lounges for a nominal access fee.
Airport lounges offer numerous facilities to the passengers like free food, state of art shower facilities, comfortable seating, free cocktails, fast Wi-Fi, peaceful and quiet surrounding, beer & wines, access to newspapers and magazines, adequate plug points and lots more. Typically, you can take the benefits of the airport lounge three hours prior to your departure.
Airport lounges can help you improve your travel experience and save you from unwanted stress. Airport lounges are beautifully designed and provide numerous advantages to the travelers. Some of the advantages of accessing an airport lounge are outlined below:
Relaxation: If you are experiencing a flight delay or facing problems due to canceled flights, then Air India airport lounges can help you to relax and unwind in a peaceful environment.
Be Productive: If you are traveling for business and have to prepare for some last-minute details, then you can secure a quiet space and finish your impending work at the lounge. Airport lounges always have faster Wi-Fi and adequate charging ports where you can charge all your devices.
Pamper Yourself: You can indulge yourself with the complimentary amenities of the airport lounges like free food, premium alcohols or by taking a shower. Some airport lounges also offer spa packages where you can unwind and feel energized.
Air India offers an exceptional airport lounge experience to its passengers, as their comfort is the foremost priority for them. Air India has numerous lounges in various countries providing a wide range of facilities and services for your comfort. Air India has around 10 airport lounges in Gulf and Middle East countries.
Let’s discuss about some of the lounges so that you can understand the types of services and facilities provided.
The facilities offered by Air India airport lounges in any country are more or less similar. International passengers can enjoy the benefits like LCD TV, free internet access, shower facility, buffet, access to newspapers and magazines, display screens, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, charging points and lots more for a maximum time of 4 hours before the flight’s departure. Air India’s Airport lounges in any country can be accessed by First class and Business class passengers, Maharaja Club Members and VIP’s for free of cost. Economy class passengers can also avail the lounge facilities, but at a nominal extra cost.
Located at the Dubai International Airport, the Marhaba lounge can be accessed by VIPs, First Class and Business class passengers, and members of the Maharaja Club free of cost. Members of the Golden Edge club can enjoy the facilities of the lounge by paying a minor fee of AED 175. The airport lounge also has a business center with internet enabled computers and facilities like fax, telephone etc.
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The First/Business class lounge is located on the 1st floor of the departure area of Sharjah International Airport. The First/Business class lounge is open to all, but chargeable at the rate of AED 100 per person to passengers traveling by economy class.
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The Plaza Premium lounge is located on Terminal 1 security hall of King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh. The airport lounge has facilities like smoking room, cable television, separate toilets for male and female, separate prayer rooms for male and female, free local call services and lots more. Economy class passengers can avail the facilities of Plaza Premium lounge by paying SAR 150.
Air India has 14 airport lounges at different airports of India but the ones at the Delhi and Mumbai International airports are the best lounges that you can come across. Air India has separate airport lounges for Domestic and International travelers. The ambiance and interior of the lounges at Delhi and Mumbai International airport are just mind blowing, and it truly defines what luxury is. You can enjoy some mouthwatering hot food, salad bars, snacks and cookies, freshly brewed coffee and refreshing tea. Passengers of economy class and other airlines can avail such benefits by just paying a nominal amount of Rs 500 or $10. The airport lounge can be used for maximum of 2 hours before the scheduled flight departure.
In Europe and the UK, Air India has lounges in places like Birmingham, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, London, Vienna, Rome, Copenhagen and Madrid. Let’s discuss the privileges and facilities offered at some of the lounges in Europe.
The Cibeles lounge is located on the second floor of T1 terminal of Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport. Access is granted to passengers holding a boarding pass of Terminal T1. Besides this, holder of any first class and business class tickets can access the lounge. The lounge comes with a reception desk, especially for information on Air India flight booking and services. The lounge also has a connected terrace where people can enjoy their drinks and smoke, and enjoy the view of flights taking off and landing down. The tariff’s for economy class passengers is Euro 30.60 for adults.
Air India has a tie up with Cathay Pacific lounge in Paris. The lounge is located between Terminal 2A and 2C exactly in the middle of the new launched duty-free shopping area. The lounge offers a wide spread of buffet, which includes variety of Asian and Western delicacies. For those who want to freshen up before meeting their client, separate shower suites are provided to them. The lounge also has a business center that has six workstations equipped with 3 iMac’s and 3 PCs. The computers are linked with shared printers and a fast internet connection.
The privileges and facilities offered by Air India airport lounges are far better when compared to many international airlines.
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