A Business Class experience at Turkish Airlines Lounge

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Travel Extra Editor Kevin Flanagan shares his experience visiting Turkish Airlines Business Lounge at Istanbul Airport during a stopover en-route from Thailand

A privilege of flying Business Class is the access to the airline’s airport lounge. And in a time when people do not want to be on top of each other, the airport lounge has never been more popular. I had the opportunity of experiencing one of the world’s greatest airport lounges recently – Turkish Airlines’ Business Lounge at Istanbul Airport. 

I arrived overnight from Thailand just in time for breakfast and the chefs were eager to conjure up an omelette of my choice, which I matched with authentic Turkish mezze – yum. I love the fact that in Istanbul, there is a variety of dishes from the national Turkish cuisine, such as Gozleme flatbread or Kumru-a with sausage and cheese. There’s even a live cooking show at the lounge’s Turkish Kebab station. And most importantly for me were the baristas serving authentic espresso. 

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When it comes to food, the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge at Istanbul spoils you for choice. There’s a pasta bar, salad bar, grill station, Asian wok station, panini station, and Pide station – a buffet area serving Turkish flatbread with different vegetables, cheese and meat toppings.

There is also a Tea Garden, Work Zone, Shower Rooms, and Daybeds to catch up on lost sleep. I used this on my return journey and got some great rest. It is as if you were staying in a hotel. You can even book a massage!

For kids old and young, there’s a golf simulator, video games centre, and dedicated Kids Zone (dependent at time of writing on Covid restrictions). Plus, there’s a library area and Art Gallery that showcases different Turkish art. It is little wonder Turkish Airlines Business Lounge has such a reputation for excellence. I hardly wanted to leave it. I arrived back in Dublin both refreshed and raring to go. Certainly one of the great airport lounges in the world and highly recommended!

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