Confluence lounge, Lyon Saint-Exupery : Elegant but small

The hotel beinglocated within the terminals of the Lyon’s Airport, I leave approximately 1h15 before the departure not knowing the situation at the level of the security or the emigration.

Pour rappel, voici l’itinéraire suivi :

#TypeReview
1DiaryQuick business trip to Lyon
2LoungeThe Qantas London Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 3
3LoungeCathay Pacific First Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 3
4FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, London Heathrow – Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Airbus A320
5HotelMoxy Lyon Airport
6LoungeConfluence lounge, Lyon Saint-Exupéry
7FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, Lyon Saint-Exupéry – London Heathrow, Airbus A320
This journey’s itinerary

Check-in and ground experience

Ichecked in for my flight to London at the same time as the outbound flight, BA offering this when the return is less than 24 hours after the outbound flight.

Back at the terminal 1, I go to the Fast Track, which will refuse my boarding pass, the attendant having to open the barrier to access it. At least, no waiting is to be deplored, the controls will be passed in less than two minutes.

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I quickly go to the passport control which will remain inactive about twenty minutes before being able to pass there.

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Unfortunately, the lounge used by BA does not open until 8am, so I will go directly to the gate.

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Except thatafter 20 minutes, we were told that the boarding would take place not in the international zone but in the Schengen zone!

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Location

The lounge is located in the Schengen area on the first floor of the building. The entrance is located near gate B05, which is good timing since this will be the gate from which I will be boarding to London Heathrow.

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The reception will be… Inexistent, since my eligibility will not even be checked and I will sit in one of the free seats.

Lounge design

The design of the lounge is very nice, perfectly up to date. Nevertheless, the space seems very limited and unsuitable for the traffic of the national airline.

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But in any case, at the time of my passage, it will remain perfectly civilized and with a reasonable affluence.

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Catering

The catering offer for breakfast, although still cold, is quite varied and qualitative. I’m surprised to find smoked salmon, for example, in an airport lounge. Pleasantly surprised, then.

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Bottom line

A pleasant lounge for a short stay before your flight. Not sure it will remain so after two hours unfortunately.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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