Finnair Business Class Lounge (Non-Schengen)
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The lounge is split into a premium and business lounge – I had access to the business side due to my ticket and oneworld status.
At first, I thought this was the same complex that I had been in a couple of years ago, but there is a corridor that opened out into the main lounge.
At the back of this section, there is a full help-yourself food section, whilst in the middle rear was a bar. Perfect for enjoying and relaxing in.
There’s a variety of seating options for those who want privacy, from the 60s eggcup things to sofas and benches – a wide variety for all.
I made a line to the bar for a drink – this is not a “help yourself” bar, rather it is operated by a barperson – perfect for that individual touch for a beverage.
As a sign that I am getting old (quiet down the back, please), I am starting to enjoy Gin and Tonic a little bit more. I said only a little bit, although I will always drown my vodka in… well… Whatever I can find.
There were also help-your-self wines (still and sparkling) for those who do not fancy waiting at the bar.
Soft drinks are available through a fountain, as well as a TopJuicer device.
Nope. I still do not get these devices.
With a rather different G+T in hand, I settled in to do a little light editing, as well as snacks. This means exploring the food section, which had various items out.
Cold salad items
Not a bad selection in the least, with no ordering things by QR code anymore. That’s one big difference.
At this point, it was obvious that I had arrived far too early at the airport- and I could have spent another few hours enjoying the city. Whilst I like an airline lounge, I do also enjoy the exploring part of travel.
At least I knew for next time.
At least the design kept me amused, as did making sure that everything I had obtained was packed away safely. The joy of travelling light means that sometimes I bring back stuff for people.
With the bags in slightly better shape and with boarding time nearing, I grabbed my bags and headed for the exit.
There was a plane to catch after all.
Passing the Moomin shop.
And the Moomin Coffee place.
Heading up the 40’s pier, the waiting Airbus A330 would be departing from Gate 48 – near the end of the pier.
Passing some seats that are very tree-like.
When I got to the gate, there was a full line waiting to be processed for the economy class passengers. Going behind the line, I spotted the empty priority lane.
With my boarding pass processed, I waited in the gate area. This had an interesting layout – one side was set aside for premium passengers, whilst the other was for economy, with no crossing points as far as I could see.
There was a short wait as more passengers filled the gate area.
Finally, the ground handling agents opened the barrier to the jetbridge. It was time to go home.
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