Swiss Senator Lounge, Zurich Doors A: As good as ever

Having just disembarked from my flight from Bangkok, I take the Connections route to the departure point of my flight to London.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryWeekend with friends in Asia
2LoungeLufthansa Senator Lounge, London Heathrow T2
3FlightSwiss Business, London Heathrow – Zurich, Airbus A320NEO
4FlightSwiss Business, Zurich – Delhi, Airbus A330
5LoungeAir India Business Lounge, Delhi
6FlightThai Royal Orchid Class, Delhi – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Boeing 777-200
7HotelKimpton Maa-Lai, Bangkok (unreported, see previous report)
8LoungeEva Air Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
9FlightEva Air Royal Laurel Class, Bangkok Suvarnhabhumi – Taipei, Boeing 777-300ER
10HotelKimpton Da An, Taipei
11HotelRegent Taipei
12LoungeEva Air Infinity Lounge, Taipei
13FlightEva Air Royal Laurel Class, Taipei – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Boeing 787-10
14LoungeSingapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
15FlightSwiss Business, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Zurich, Boeing 777-300ER
16LoungeSwiss Senator Lounge, Zurich A Gates
17FlightSwiss Business, Zurich – London Heathrow, Airbus A320
Today’s itinerary

Connection process

The Connections route in Zurich is a bit baroque if, like me, you want to get to the lounge and your flight departs from Gate D.

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The Swiss lounges at Porte D have not reopened since the COVID outbreak. So after a connections security check, you’ll either have to head for the lounge at gates E, which will require another security check to move on to gates D, or the same connections security check and then the immigration check to gates A, which will require another immigration check after the lounge. Hard!

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Nevertheless, I’ll opt for the second solution, which I find less tedious and less risky in terms of timing.

After the connecting security check, turn around and take the bonded shuttle to gates A and B. This shuttle will take 6 minutes to arrive and will be fully booked.

Once you’ve arrived, you have to pass through immigration (which is almost deserted) and then go up to boarding gate A.

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Location and welcome

The lounge is located close to the Duty Free area of Gates A. The two lounges, Business and Senator, are adjacent, with separate entrances. I enter the Senator section by scanning my boarding pass at one of the automatic gates.

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Lounge design

The lounge’s design has already been covered in several reports by Bertrand or myself. Catering and lounging areas are available, as is a quiet area on the second floor.

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All in shades of light wood and black.

Catering

The food and beverage offer is excellent, with a hot and cold buffet and cooked-to-order dishes prepared by the chef.

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I’ll take the opportunity to have a plate of gnocchi, which will be succulent.

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I’d also like to mention the apple Haribos, which I’m particularly fond of.

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Bottom line

A lounge always pleasant for a short wait.

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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