Air France Business Lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle 2E-K : Solid

On my way to the United States, I arrived at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport a little less than 2 hours before my flight to London Heathrow.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiaryBack to school trips to Paris and the United States
2LoungeClub Aspire Lounge, London Heathrow T3
3FlightAir France Business, London Heathrow – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle
4HotelIntercontinental Paris Champs-Elysées
5LoungeAir France Business Lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle 2E-K
6FlightAir France Business, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – London Heathrow
7LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, London Heathrow T5
8FlightBritish Airways First, London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare, Airbus A380-800
9HotelKimpton Grey Chicago
10HotelKimpton Monaco Chicago
11HotelIntercontinental Chicago
12LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Chicago O’Hare T3
13FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Chicago O’Hare – Charlotte, Boeing 737-800
14LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Charlotte Concourse C
15FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Charlotte – New-York La Guardia, Boeing 737-800
16HotelKimpton Muse, New-York
17HotelIntercontinental New-York Times Square
18LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, New-York JFK T7
19FlightBritish Airways First Suite, New-York JFK – London Heathrow, Boeing 777-300ER
Today’s itinerary

Check-In and ground experience

I checked in for my flight online, when it opened, about 30 hours before departure.


So it’s about 2 hours before the departure that I arrive at the terminal 2E of Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, by cab from Paris.


The cab drops me off in front of gate 8, which leads to the SkyPriority check-in. Being already checked-in online, I go directly to the passport control and its SkyPriority line… which was closed!


As a result, I fall back to the normal PARAFE line, which is deserted at this hour.


Then comes the security check. There, my boarding pass beeps orange at the 2K control, not because I’m in the wrong concourse, but curiously because the latter is not yet announced for my flight which leaves in less than 1h30.

Nevertheless, the combined wisdom and experience of a seasoned traveler and an experienced ADP agent made us opt for a passage to the K, as flights to the UK rarely embark from other concourses. The security will be cleared in 5 minutes and I find myself airside in a deserted Duty Free.

Location and welcome

The lounge is located in the basement of the terminal, and is accessible either by elevator or by stairs. Note that the elevators are very slow and the stairs, not very convenient when you have a cabin baggage.


The reception is very good and after scanning my boarding pass, I ask one of the attendant about the departure concourse of my flight, who tells me that indeed, the gate is not yet assigned, indicating that she will make an announcement when it is.


And this was the case about fifteen minutes later, and indeed, the flight will depart from Concourse K.

Lounge design

We no longer present this lounge, totally outdated in terms of decoration. Nevertheless, the spaces are comfortable and when it is deserted, as it was the case during my visit, it remains pleasant. The armchairs are in camel tones, and wood adorns the walls and furniture.



The catering offer has improved a lot in the last few years in the non-Schengen lounges of the French airline.


A full hot breakfast is offered to passengers.


Bottom line

A pleasant wait before boarding my flight to London.

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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