City: Istanbul, Turkey // Date: January 2020
I was clearly excited about visiting the new airport of Istanbul which was opening at the end of 2018. Having a Business Class ticket gave me the opportunity to experience the dedicated Business Class Check-in and the Business Class Lounge. In this article I want to tell you a little bit about the experience I made at Istanbuls new airport.
With an Business Class ticket you are entitled to use the Priority Entrance of Turkish Airlines which guides you straight through a securtiy control into the impressive new airport.
Once you passed the first security control after entering the airport you will see the dedicated Business Class Check-In Area of Turkish Airlines. I immediately noticed that a few of the check-in desks have separate booth to sit while checking in and dropping your luggage. This I found very exclusive and made me feel comfortable. Very nice was that on a little screen you was able to choose your seat.
After the check-in I passed through passport control and the security controls for all passengers but I was able to us fast lanes for both controls thanks to my Business Class ticket. After that I went straight to the new Business Class Lounge of Turkish Airlines. I already heard a lot of how amazing the Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge at the previous Istanbul Ataturk Airport was, so I had high expectations about the lounge inside the new airport.
Once you entered the lounge you find two machines where you can scan your boarding pass to receive a wifi code. Unfortunately mine didn't work at all.
The Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge is separated in many different seating areas. One area is having a lot of comfy lounge chairs while the next area is in the style of an mediterranean restaurant. The lounge is having different live cooking stations and buffets. Next to a lot of TVs it also got a Art Gallery inside.
If you're hungry then this lounge is definitely gonna make you happy. It not only offering Turkish specialties. You can have many kinds of international cuisine.
After having a relaxing time at the Business Class Lounge I paid a quick visit at the huge duty free shop which is having the size of some small town airport. After getting some souvenirs I went to my gate for boarding. As a Business Class guest I was entitled to use the Priority Boarding to be one of the first guests onboard and to get my things settled and enjoy a pre-departure drink.
The whole experience at the Istanbul Airport was really intersting and even the airport was full of people I was able to enjoy my time. Flying Business Class can be a good time saver at this airport because it was incredible how big the airport is.
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