The journey began with leaving the house around midnight and arriving at the airport around 4 in the morning for the flight to Frankfurt which was scheduled to depart around ~5:30. Katowice Airport is much farther from my house in Poland than is Kraków Airport, the only reason I was flying out of KTW is because when I had booked the flights, there was no morning flight to Frankfurt. Eventually, they did open a morning flight from KRK-FRA but that was after my itinerary was finalised so I was unable to change anything without some sort of penalty.
Katowice Airport is generally a nice airport to fly out of given that it is positioned far away from a major city which means the airport can accept aircraft 24/7/365 without any major interruptions. There are two terminals, A (Non-Schengen) and B (Schengen), there is a newly opened Business Lounge in terminal B.
Lufthansa and LOT are the only regular airlines that fly out of Katowice, the rest is low-cost travel and charter airlines. The check-in for both airlines is located at the far end of Terminal B, which is also where the Fast Track security and Business Lounge are.
In addition to the separate security checkpoint, there is also a Fast Track located on the first floor above the check-in counters. Passengers travelling in First/Business Class and Star Golds have access to both the Fast Track and Business Lounge. If you hold a Priority Pass, Airport Angel, Diners Club or Premium Card, you are invited to use the Business Lounge. The Fast Track was actually very fast since there was no one there and within seconds I was cleared and sitting in the lounge; which is located right after you exit the Fast Track security.
There was a nice selection of alcoholic beverages and spirits as well as a whole refrigerator full of juices and water.
Considering the lounge was recently opened and that people rarely use it since there are only a handful of flights out of Katowice, it still has the new feeling and the furniture is in very good shape.
Hot meal items are located on the ‘island’ and include Polish sausages, sandwiches, cookies, and a variety of appetisers.
Considering it was five in the morning, I decided to have a cappuccino and some finger sandwiches and later some sweets to wake me up 🙂
The lounge literally feels as if it was brand new, it was opened during Spring 2013 but still smells new and I don’t think I was able to find a single scratch, dent, or rip on any of the chairs or tables.
There is a nice view of the tarmac and runway.
The lounge itself is basically one big room, the bathroom and then a smaller dark room in the corner for relaxing.
Most of the food was freshly prepared in the morning and tasted quite well. Along with me, there were two other people in the lounge which ended up being the two other people in Business Class on my flight to Frankfurt.
The bathroom was very clean and simple.
Overall the lounge is very nice for a non-airline, contract, lounge and offers a good variety of hot food, snacks and beverages. If you do not hold any loyalty cards, you can still access the lounge by paying ~100 PLN (~30 USD) for both the Fast Track and Business Lounge which I think is a good deal considering the main terminal area is very crowded and the facilities are not that nice compared to the lounge.