Reykjavík-Keflavík (KEF) – Berlin-Tegel (TXL)
30 July 2015
After spending five hours in the Blue Lagoon (which is close to the airport), we slowly made our way to Keflavík Airport. We returned the rental car and made it to the airport at about 20:15, which was super early for our 00:50 flight to Berlin, the car had to be returned by 20:00 which is why we arrived so early – plus we didn’t have much left to explore around this particular area in Iceland.
The Keflavík Airport is located about an hour drive away from Reykjavík, and the exterior of the airport is perhaps one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I mean where else (other than Iceland) would you have such a beautiful exterior?! The inside of the airport also had a nice design, but the outside was the main highlight for me.
Since we arrived so early, obviously the check-in was closed, however I was able to pull up our mobile boarding passes so that we could get airside since there is plenty of seating areas airside and not a lot landside. I spent the majority of the time on my laptop working, there is a lounge at the airport (the Icelandair Saga Lounge), but it was 1) closed and 2) we didn’t have access to it.
The staff at the airport weren’t the friendliest.. or brightest.. Why? Well for one, we tried to check in a carry-on at the gate, which shouldn’t be a problem. The first lady told us that we couldn’t and should have done that at check-in, I told her it shouldn’t be a problem for her to do it here and she proceeded to warn me that we shouldn’t have gone airside until two hours before departure (which is why we didn’t check in the bag). Then another agent showed up and I asked him, he said it wouldn’t be a problem and wrote the bag tag manually and told us to leave the bag at the bottom of the jetway. Good thing we didn’t. Why? He wrote the entire bag tag wrong manually and I’m sure we wouldn’t have seen the bag again. Basically he mixed up the airport codes and flight numbers, so while they maybe would’ve put it on our flight to Berlin, it definitely wouldn’t have made it to Kraków. Then finally when it was time to board, I asked if there was Pre-Boarding for Gold members, he told me “this airport doesn’t have that capability”… I mean how does it not? All you have to do is announce ‘Priority Boarding’! Then he told us we could bypass the queue and escorted us to the front and let us onto the jetway first.. which led to some angry passengers, but then I realised that he didn’t even scan our boarding passes! I had to remind him about it and he said “oh.. right”. That was a rather interesting encounter with the staff there.
We were in row two and had the middle seat empty – so it felt just like intra-European Business Class. We took-off on time and had a nice nighttime view of Iceland’s lights – I was a bit sad to be leaving this gorgeous country.
airBerlin has a onboard menu from which you can buy cold and warm food items, premium drinks, alcohol, snacks, etc. The selection is actually very extensive and the food isn’t super overpriced.
I was going to order something from the menu, but then we were actually served ‘breakfast’ in the middle of the night – it consisted of a scone and tea.
As we got closer to continental Europe, the sun was rising which led to some gorgeous views outside.
We landed about twenty minutes ahead of schedule in Berlin and were inside of the terminal shortly thereafter. Overall, it was a quick and pleasant flight with airBerlin, the nice thing is that normal European airlines will almost always serve you food and drinks on every single flight, no matter how short it is – something the U.S. airlines stopped doing a long time ago.
We had a two hour connection in Berlin and decided to head to the airBerlin Exclusive Waiting Area… which was, well, you will see.. but I really thought airBerlin would have a better lounge at their main base and hub.