I had one sprite in the Welcome Lounge and decided it was time to leave, as the lounge itself wasn’t very appealing and there were no tarmac views. Upon exiting the lounge, I took an escalator up to the departures level and immediately noticed the big, beautiful old-style departures board.

These are so cool! Especially when you get to see one ‘flip’, only a handful of airports around the world have them, so it is something to really appreciate when you see one.

Departures board

Departures board

Departures board

Departures board

There was no line for the premium security queue and I made it airside about five minutes after leaving the Welcome Lounge. There were a couple of lounges I could use, but the best one seemed to be Lufthansa’s new Senator Lounge in the new Pier A plus. You can access the Senator Lounge either with a Star Alliance Gold card or with First Class travel on any Star Alliance member airline.

Lufthansa Senator Lounge

Lufthansa Senator Lounge

The lounge was relatively empty (which is odd, since it was 12:00), and I figured it would be the best time for a shower since there was nobody scheduled for one. The shower rooms are somewhat small compared to how big the lounge is, however the design is nice and even though the lounge was opened about a year and a half ago, it still seems new and is in good condition.

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

Senator Lounge Shower Room

The shower session lasted maybe 10 minutes as it gets very hot in the shower room since there are no windows or any sort of good ventilation. I was there for literally fifteen minutes at the most and when I left the shower room, the lounge all of a sudden has a ton of more people than were there when I walked in.

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

This fake green forest is a nice touch to the lounge design (at least in my opinion).

Fake Forest

Fake Forest

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

Senator Lounge Seating

In total I spent about an hour in the lounge showering, eating and reading messages and before I knew it, it was time to head over to the gate for my flight to Poland. I left a little bit earlier that I should’ve, but since the Katowice flight almost always departs from a remote stand, boarding is one hell of a mess.