Finnair Helsinki Lounge Guide

25 Nov 2014

Helsinki Airport has two Finnair lounges, one for transfers between Schengen countries and the other for non-Schengen transfers.  Access for both is available to Finnair Plus Platinum, Gold & Silver members and business class passengers with the Finnair AY code on their ticket and boarding pass. Sapphire and emerald oneworld members can also enter the lounges.  A valid ticket and boarding pass or Finnair Plus membership card must be shown to gain entry to either lounge.  Additionally, each member may take children under the age of 18 and/or one guest, travelling on any oneworld flight into the lounge.

The lounges are primarily places to rest and work in peace and quiet, away from the general airport hustle.  Facilities include newspapers and magazines (mainly Finnish, some English), beverages and snacks, power outlets for electrical devices and communication connections.

Schengen Lounge

AY Schengen lounge

Location, Hours and Access
Location:  Transit Hall, second floor, near gate 22.
Opening Hours: Open daily 6am – midnight
Access: As listed above, plus Qantas Platinum & Gold card holders and oneWorld Sapphire & Emerald members.  No entry for Priority Pass members. Access can be purchased for EUR48 (AUD71).

General Impression
Mark from QFlyer experienced the lounge in 2013 and was impressed by the overall design of the lounge. It’s large, spacious and bright lounge thanks to the double height floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the airfield.  Classic Scandinavian décor in warm, subtle colours.  Comfortable high backed sofas and a lounge area with recliners are perfect for a quick nap. The egg style seats are a great addition.

Finnair schengen lounge

Food & Beverages
Buffet food is good quality but a bit more variety would be welcome.  Soup, salad and bread is what is generally on offer with soft drinks, wine and beer available.  The wine selection is just okay and could be improved. A hot breakfast is served 6am – 10am.

Showers
2 Showers available.

Entertainment and Business Facilities
Lightning fast free Wi-Fi, taking just one click to activate and plenty of wireless recharging stations throughout.  Business cubicles with MacBook’s, a laptop bar with power points.

Other Notes
Passengers will enjoy the wide range of chairs for work or relaxing. The Kids’ Tower space to keep the young ones interested.

 

New Premium Lounge

Location, Hours and Access:
The lounge is situated between gates 36 and 37
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight.
The lounge is available exclusively for Finnair Plus Platinum and Gold members (+ one guest), and oneworld Emerald and Sapphire cardholders (+ one guest), when you ar e flying on a oneworld marketed flight. The lounge has more than 400 m2 of lounge space, with seating for 122 guests. As the lounge is quite new, the QFlyer team is yet to experience it but we hope to review it further in 2015.

Food and Beverage:
Upgraded food & beverage selection compared to the usual lounge with a special Relaxation Zone and Kids’ room. Hot breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. with hot meals from 3 p.m. to 5.40 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 12 midnight [before the evening departures to Asia]. Gourmet snacks, salad and hot soup service from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight.

Showers
Private shower suites and a Finnish sauna [!].

 

Non-Schengen Lounge [EU + Schengen Countries]

Finnair non-schengen lounge

Location, Hours and Access
Location: Transit Hall, second floor, near gates 36 and 37.
Opening Hours: daily from 6am-12 midnight.
Access: All Finnair and oneWorld Business class passengers.  Priority Pass members welcome.  Other passengers may gain entry for 48 euros (AUD$71) per person.

General Impression
Mark from our team experienced the lounge twice in 2013. It is a fantastic lounge with plenty of space and fantastic seating options. Great food and beverages and excellent shower facilities. A very modern and well thought out transit lounge.

Food & Beverages
Varied buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks and a full bar.

Finnair non Schengen lounge

Showers and Spa
Six individual shower rooms, spa and even a Finnish sauna available!

Entertainment and Business Facilities
Televisions in relaxation area.  Free Wi-Fi and apple mac work stations, wireless recharging stations for electronic devices.

Special Facilities and Services
Luggage storage available which together with showers makes the lounge an ideal base for long lay-overs.

Other Notes
Accommodates up to 250 guests.  Voted ‘Lounge of the Year 2011’ and ‘Best Business Facilities’ by Priority Pass members.

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