Oy, airBerlin, I mean really? We had two hours to kill in Berlin and therefore decided to visit the airBerlin Exclusive Waiting Area in Terminal C, we did have other lounge options but we were just too tired to go landside to visit other lounges and then have to clear security again.
The airBerlin Exclusive Waiting Area isn’t even considered a lounge… there isn’t any staff and you have to scan your boarding pass to get in. Inside there are a few tables and chairs, catalogues, water, tea, and a few other drinks – no food. Tegel Airport is already super ugly and I guess they wanted to follow that standard and make the ‘exclusive waiting area’ with the overall airport atmosphere. It is sort of embarrassing that at airBerlin’s main hub and base, they don’t have a nice lounge option for their own frequent flyers and premium cabin passengers… instead they use the Air France lounge as a ‘real’ lounge and have a couple of their own waiting areas.
The general seating area was nice, however after a long flight, I don’t think anyone wants to sit in an upright position, some lounge chairs would’ve been nice…
I had some tea from the machine and later some water, I guess I shouldn’t complain too much since this ‘area’ isn’t technically a lounge, but still, I really did expect something more.. I mean they are in oneworld after all! Thankfully there was WiFi and I was able to work for an hour and later we slowly made our way to the gate for our final flight back to Kraków.
The flight to Kraków was quick and we were in Poland right on schedule, our amazing journey came to a (not so amazing) end and we were home about an hour after landing. I will have my final thoughts on the trip in the next post.