Arlanda Airport Terminal 5 and Stockholm Airport Lounge (Non Schengen) – Part of Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
Contents (It’s LONG and probably will change).
- Seriously – Take a holiday!
- Morning Manoeuvres in the dark, Terminal 5 and Galleries South
- BA776 London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda (Club Europe)
- Exploring Stockholm on the cheap (Travel Plus!)
- Back to Arlanda, Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
- QR168 Stockholm Arlanda to Doha (Hamad International Airport) – (Business Class)
- Six Hours in at Doha’s Lounge
- QR944 Doha – Singapore Changi International (Business Class)
- Intercontinental Singapore
- Exploring Singapore
- From the Top of the Marina Sands.
- Back to Changi, SATS Lounge
- MH624 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
- Adventures in KL
- Holiday Inn Express, Kuala Lumpur
- KL Tower (or yes, Kevin is in yet another tall building).
- Back to KLIA
- MH611 Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore Changi
- Exploring Singapore again
- Back to Premium, dnata lounge, Singapore T3
- QR947 Singapore Changi to Doha (Business Class)
- A Dash through Doha…
- QR169 Doha – Stockholm Arlanda (Business Class)
- From Premium to Economy
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- Long way home
- I need another break…
With me running slightly late, I headed up through to arrivals, and back down to the safe luggage area.
With my rucksack picked up, I conducted a bit of luggage re-organisation to ensure I was ready for the flight ahead. That done – I was off up to the departures area.
The Qatar Airways desks were relativity easy to find – and I was soon queuing up for check in.
My boarding passes for Doha and onwards to Singapore were issued, and placed in a marked ticket jacket with the key details visible.
The bigger problem was the rucksack (again) needed to be checked through an oversized luggage area – and that would have to be dropped off at Baggage Point C.
That’s good in theory – in actuality – the baggage belt at Point C had broken down by the time I reached it. This lead to 10 minutes of various Swedish words that didn’t sound polite as they got the belt working again.
Once working, my big rucksack was taken off me – and I headed off to security
The queues at fasttrack were not that long, and soon I found a queue where my bags would look good to be scanned.
Security took about 5 minutes to clear – and I was in the great duty-free zone.
Clearing that – there was some glass – good for a photo or two.
I headed towards the non-Schenegn zone – least of all the lounge I would need is beyond there, but more importantly – the boarding gate was too.
With my passport scanned, I exited the Schengen zone, and headed upstairs and found a small waiting area with a duty-free shop, a news agent and a food cart.
I turned for the lounge, and made my way in.
Stockholm Airport Lounge (Non Schengen)
There was a considerable wait to be let in, as a family was negotiating their way into the lounge. Such fun and games.
In my case, one look of my boarding pass, and I was let in… and this is where the first letdown of the trip was. The lounge was… and I’m going to be nice… basic. Now there’s nothing wrong with basic, but with Qatar Airways selling itself as a premium airline – the experience is important all around.
And this is something I’ll come back to in Singapore – something that really lets Qatar Airways down is it 3rd party lounges.
There were reasonable food options, with cold cuts and other nibbles too.
In some ways, my timing at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport lounge was perfect. After 15 minutes in the lounge, a boarding call was made for QR168 to Doha.
I spent a few catching up with a few more things that needed to be sorted in the real world (sadly, I as still looking at real world emails and work), and took my leave of the lounge.
I headed down the Non Schengen section of terminal – and eventually to F59 for the departure to Doha.
By the time I got to the gate area, general boarding was in full swing, so I lined up to board the plane with everyone else.
With a blip, my boarding pass was accepted – and I was on my way down to the first of four Qatar Airways flights in Business class.
Next: Qatar Airways QR168 Stockholm Arlanda to Hamad International Airport, Doha.
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