After a few nights in Copenhagen, it was time for the final phase again to the USA, in Scandinavian Airways’ Airbus A350-900 enterprise class to Miami. On this installment I wished to evaluation the SAS floor expertise at CPH, together with the provider’s hub lounge.
SAS check-in Copenhagen
We bought to Copenhagen Airport at round 5:30AM for our 9:35AM flight to Miami (we arrived additional early so we may get our coronavirus exams — luckily that was a breeze).
Test-in was pretty busy, although there was a precedence line for check-in. Sadly the check-in course of nonetheless wasn’t a breeze, as Scandinavian Airways tried to incorrectly deny my pal boarding, as I defined in a special put up. Luckily that scenario was finally sorted out, as a “one time exception.”
With boarding passes in hand we headed towards safety. I used to be underneath the impression that SAS had a devoted quick monitor channel, although I couldn’t initially discover it. Once I lastly bought to the safety checkpoint I requested one of many staff the place the quick monitor line was, and he or she stated I used to be in it (which wasn’t the case, because it turned out). Safety took over 20 minutes to clear, after which I needed to undergo the standard obligation free maze.
There undoubtedly is a correct quick monitor lane that’s open, and it additionally lets out proper subsequent to the lounge. So be certain you employ that for those who’re flying out of the airport.
SAS Lounge Copenhagen location
The SAS Lounge Copenhagen is situated in Terminal 3, close to gate C10. For those who’re coming from the usual safety checkpoint, simply flip left after which it’s possibly a 5 minute stroll away. For those who’re coming by the quick monitor safety lane, simply flip left, and you then’ll see the lounge there instantly.
Notice that the lounge is situated within the Schengen a part of the terminal. In different phrases, for those who’re taking a non-Schengen flight (to the UK or most lengthy haul locations), you’ll nonetheless must clear passport management, so you’ll want to go away time for that.
SAS Lounge Copenhagen hours & entry necessities
The SAS Lounge Copenhagen doesn’t have constant hours, however slightly it’s said that the lounge opens roughly an hour previous to the primary flight of the morning, and closes roughly half-hour previous to the final flight of the night.
So far as entry necessities go, the SAS Lounge might be accessed by:
- SAS enterprise class passengers, SAS Plus passengers (that is the title of SAS’ intra-Europe premium cabin), and all Star Alliance enterprise class passengers
- Star Alliance Gold passengers touring on any Star Alliance flight
- Those that buy entry — you should buy entry on-line for 199DKK (~$29), or at lounge reception for 249DKK (~$37)
The SAS Lounge has automated entry gates, so that you merely scan your boarding move and are then admitted — there’s no human contact required.
SAS Lounge Copenhagen seating & structure
The SAS Lounge Copenhagen is roughy 32,000 sq. ft, and is meant to constant of two distinct areas — the higher stage is meant to be a lounge for Star Alliance Gold members, whereas the decrease stage is meant to be a lounge for all different passengers. Sadly in the interim the lounge’s first ground has been closed off, so all company are being directed to the higher stage.
There was a really small sitting space on the primary ground that was open, with good design. This space remained empty, given that each one the meals & drinks have been on the second ground.
Under is an image of a number of the lounge area on the primary ground, taken as I went up the escalator (because it in any other case wasn’t accessible).
Sadly the second ground ended up being actually crowded. I can recognize airways are in a troublesome monetary spot, nevertheless it’s type of irritating to cram everybody into the smaller a part of the lounge, whereas leaving the remainder of the lounge empty.
I did handle to take photos strategically as individuals bought up, however that took some effort. So don’t assume the lounge was as empty as a number of the photos I captured under.
On the high of the escalator have been some fairly trendy couches. I’m unsure they’re essentially that useful, although, between the shortage of shops and the final problem of making an attempt to eat, drink, or work, whereas seated right here.
There was then an space with a bunch of eating tables that had two to 4 chairs every.
The remainder of the seating on this space consisted of communal tables with high-top stools, in addition to cubicles.
From the primary a part of the lounge was a hallway resulting in the again of the lounge, which had extra conventional lounge seating, with seats organized in rows.
There have been additionally some areas with curtains, for these in search of a bit extra privateness or to relaxation.
There was a enterprise middle on this space of the lounge, with 4 computer systems.
There was one other a part of the lounge that remained largely empty, which consisted of shared workstations. This was fairly removed from the buffet, and for that matter I feel many individuals missed it, because it’s the wrong way of the remainder of the lounge.
There have been additionally just a few semi-private workstations, sadly dealing with the terminal slightly than the apron (or else the views would’ve been actually cool).
The lounge had a “daylight booster zone,” supposed to make you are feeling refreshed for those who’re jetlagged.
There have been additionally some non-public cubicles on this space.
SAS Lounge Copenhagen meals & drinks
The meals & drink choice within the SAS Lounge was underwhelming, and the buffet was consistently busy, given the variety of company.
The breakfast choice consisted of toast, rolls, pastries, cereal, yogurt, chilly cuts, veggies, and cheese. There wasn’t a lot in the best way of sizzling meals, apart from oatmeal.
There was self serve beer, wine, juice, soda, espresso, tea, and so on.
I discovered it hilarious how there was an space with bottles of tomato juice after which little pitchers containing what appeared like apple juice. In actuality it was wine — I’m unsure a Publish-it word on high of one of many pitchers is admittedly ample warning?
The lounge additionally had a restaurant counter the place it appeared like you could possibly normally get a barista-made espresso, however go determine that was closed as nicely.
I’m positive the SAS Lounge Copenhagen is sort of good when it’s totally operational, however sadly it isn’t proper now. Solely a small portion of the lounge is open, and it bought crowded. Add within the restricted meals choice and the cafe space being closed, and I can’t say this was an important expertise.
After visiting the SAS Lounge we headed to the close by Precedence Cross location, which was so significantly better. Keep tuned, as I’ll be reviewing that within the subsequent installment.
For those who’ve visited the SAS Lounge Copenhagen, what was your expertise like?