We arrived at the airport about three hours prior to departure as a result of leaving the house too early, however there was some road construction being done and we didn’t want to risk anything. We actually drove to the airport and left our car parked there for the 10 days for a grand total of ~$27 USD.. cheap, cheap, cheap! Transportation in Poland (and parking) is usually super cheap and therefore we just decided to leave the car there instead of asking someone to drive us.
Kraków Airport is currently undergoing major construction since a new terminal is being built… with jetways!
We had to wait a bit until the British Airways Check-in opened since we were a bit early, however we were quickly issued our boarding passes and informed that unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to use the Business Lounge since British Airways doesn’t have a contract signed with the airport about the use of the Business Lounge by premium passengers. I told the check-in agent that this news is unfortunate, blah, blah, blah. We would still gain access to the lounge thanks to my Priority Pass card (compliments of the AMEX Platinum Card).
We cleared security in about two minutes and proceeded to the Business Lounge (Non-Schengen). I’ve reviewed the Schengen business lounge plenty of times before, however I’ve never been to the non-Schengen lounge. Up front I should say that it is much smaller and older, but the food is basically the same.
The non-Schengen lounge is ⅓ of the size of the Schengen lounge and has much older furniture. The food spread consists of nuts, chips, cookies, crackers, fruit, soups, bread, etc. There are plenty of delicious Polish chocolate bars and candy. There are also plenty of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks available, in addition to the coffee machine and wide selection of tea.
There really isn’t that much space inside of the lounge, it is basically a small room with two ’round’ couches and a few comfortable chairs.
The business centre consists of two iMacs, a printer, and power ports. The lounge also lacks power ports next to the seating areas, which isn’t the best for charging devices.
We were a bit hungry and tried almost every single food item that was available in the lounge. The salads were excellent and all of the cookies were fresh, I was also able to warm up the nuts in the microwave to enjoy them in a more ‘premium’ way. We later also tried some soup and various drinks.
While the lounge is a bit small, it has that ‘cosy’ atmosphere where we were able to relax and unwind before our flight. The staff are super nice and constantly ensure the passengers are comfortable and happy. The food options available were excellent for that of a contract lounge and the drinks weren’t too bad either. Both Business Lounges at Kraków Airport are excellent and allow you to comfortably relax before your flight.