Our October 2022 trip to Cyprus lead to an outbound connection from Germany to Larnaca (LCA) with Austrian Airlines. It has been about five years since my last flight with the Austrian branch of the Lufthansa Group – and the first Non-Schengen one ever. Thus, I was really happy to have my very first look into their lounge for flights outside the European border free travel area. Here is my review of the Austrian Airlines Senator Lounge Non-Schengen (D and G Gates).
Austrian Senator Lounge Vienna Non-Schengen – Location & Access
The Non-Schengen G-Gates in Vienna (VIE) are located right above the Schengen F-Gate ones. They thus share the same passenger bridges and parking positions, you just enter the plane from another level of the terminal. The G gate lounges, however, are not right above the Austrian Schengen Lounges, but are located in a significantly smaller place right behind passport control. Business Lounge and Senator Lounge share the same entry and reception as well as some facilities (see below). Only the lounges themselves are separate.
Access to the Austrian Senator Lounge is granted for Star Alliance Gold passengers (including all Lufthansa Group Senator levels), who depart on a Star Alliance flight from Vienna (VIE). There is also a small, separate room for Miles & More HON Circle members and First Class passengers. As Austrian does not have First Class services themselves, I guess that this area in fact is solely used by HON Circle members.
Austrian Senator Lounge Vienna Non-Schengen – Atmosphere
The lounge is rather small and features roughly some 50 seats. Austrian did a nice job and created some different areas, including a place where you can lay down and nap before the flight. A really nice feature of the lounge is the large glass front, which allows a nice view of the airport’s operations. Overall, the capacity seems to be fine, though – while it was quite packed when we arrived in the lounge, it was a rather relaxed setting most of the time thereafter.
Austrian Senator Lounge Vienna Non-Schengen – Food & Drink
Even though the Austrian Senator Lounge might not be that striking on the size and atmosphere side, they do score at the catering. We arrived at the end of breakfast service and also had a look into lunch. Apart from bread, sandwiches, cold cuts and healthy options in the central buffet, Austrian also drove a serviced hot buffet for both, breakfast and lunch. I liked that especially the lunch also has a nice regional touch. The selection of drinks is really nice and again has some Austrian options. The quality of food was really nice as well. Overall, even though the range of items might be more limited than in larger places, I really loved the way Austrian treated me in regards of nutrition.
Austrian Senator Lounge Vienna Non-Schengen – Services
Overall, the staff was really nice. The lounge staff typically caring about the serviced buffet was a bit grumpy. WiFi is provided by the airport and works very reliable. The toilets are shared with the Business Lounge, while there are separate showers for Senator Lounge and HON Circle / First flyers only. The lobby of the lounge features a four seat meeting room.
Austrian Senator Lounge Vienna Non-Schengen – My View
I feel that Austrian did a really nice job in the design of the lounge. Even though the lounge is rather small, it did not feel too narrow. The food service is really good. Austrian could try to improve the number and location of power outlets, though. They are rather sparse in some of the areas of the lounge.
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