Turk­ish Air­lines In­ter­na­tional CIP lounge, Istanbul

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BACK­GROUND This is the main Turk­ish Air­lines lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Air­port, the other one is in the ar­rival area. World­wide, Turk­ish Air­lines has lounges in air­ports in Moscow, Wash­ing­ton DC and Nairobi.

WHERE IS IT? It is in the de­par­ture ter­mi­nal of Istanbul Ataturk Air­port.

WHO CAN AC­CESS IT?

Turk­ish Air­lines’ busi­ness class pas­sen­gers, Miles&Smiles Elite and Elite Plus mem­bers trav­el­ling econ­omy class, and Star Al­liance Gold and Turk­ish Air­lines Cor­po­rate Club mem­bers. Suite rooms at the lounge are avail­able to Turk­ish Air­lines busi­ness class pas­sen­gers and Elite Plus mem­bers on con­nect­ing in­ter­na­tional flights with du­ra­tions ex­ceed­ing eight hours and a con­nec­tion time from four to seven hours.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? It has a young chic vibe to it. Once checked in at the re­cep­tion, au­to­mated doors open to­wards a snooker ta­ble sur­rounded by book­shelves and leather sofa chairs. To the right is the self­help lug­gage hold­ing area where bags are stored in trans­par­ent plas­tic boxes with back light­ing — se­cured with an elec­tronic lock that is re­set each time you empty the “box”. Next to it is another cor­doned o‡ area, dimly lit with re­cliner chairs fac­ing a movie screen. The pop­corn ma­chine here is a nice touch to the cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

The mas­sive lounge is spread across two lev­els. The first level is mostly pop­u­lated with din­ing ta­bles, lounge seat­ing, live cook­ing sta­tions and bu‡et spreads. The fresh Turk­ish bread counter usu­ally has the long­est line — the dough is kneaded and rolled in front of you and served fresh out of the oven. Kiosks pro­vid­ing a pass­code for the wifi are in­ter­mit­tently placed all around the lounge. A long desk with iMacs are avail­able for use too. Should you re­quire as­sis­tance, an in­for­ma­tion desk is avail­able for guests.

On the lower level, there are video games, a golf sim­u­la­tor, a Scalex­tric track through some of Istanbul’s ar­eas, and ad­di­tional bu‡et with restau­rant-style and lounge seat­ing. Plug points are gen­er­ously placed on the floor be­side most ar­eas.

Other lounge ser­vices in­clude mas­sage ther­apy rooms and suite rooms. Ex­pect a long wait time for the suites dur­ing rush hours — some­time more than an hour.

VER­DICT This lounge en­sures long tran­sit times aren’t a drab, with plenty of en­ter­tain­ment, re­lax­ation and F&B op­tions. Neha Gupta Kapoor

The Turk­ish Air­lines In­ter­na­tional CIP lounge o ers ser­vices such as mas­sage ther­apy rooms and suite rooms

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