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September 7, 2017

Review: Finnair Business Class and Premium Lounge Helsinki

Finnair operate 2 lounges in the non-Schengen area.

Below are all the information you need to know:

FINNAIR LOUNGE IN THE NON-SCHENGEN AREA

  • Situated near gate 50
  • Open daily from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight.
  • 900 m2 of lounge space, with seating for 250 guests.
  • Hot breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., hot meals from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Salad bar, snacks and hot soup service from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight.
  • Private shower suites and a Finnish sauna.
  • Free of charge for Finnair Business Class customers and Finnair Plus Platinum and Gold members (+ one guest with Finnair Plus Platinum or Gold cardholders), and oneworld Emerald and Sapphire cardholders (+ one guest), when the departure flight is operated and marketed by a oneworld airline. Access may be limited during peak hours.
  • Access (max. 3 h) may also be purchased from the lounge reception for a charge of €48. The access can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Finnair Plus Platinum, Gold and Silver members can also buy Finnair Lounge Pass from Finnair Shop.

Here are some pictures of the lounge around 11am. During the hub time around 2pm-5pm it does get much more crowded.

 
 

For Top frequent flyers of Finnair (Platinum, Gold) and One World Emerald, you're invited to use the Premium Lounge which has better amenities.

Both lounges are together near Gate 50, with the Premium Lounge has a side glass entrance next to the main Business Lounge.  

PREMIUM LOUNGE

  • Situated near gate 50
  • Open daily from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight.
  • Over 400 m2 of lounge space, with seating for 122 guests.
  • Upgraded food & beverage selection, special Relaxation Zone and Kids’ room
  • Hot breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., hot meal from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Gourmet snacks, salad and hot soup service from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight.
  • Private shower suites and a Finnish sauna.
  • Available exclusively for Finnair Plus Platinum and Gold members (+ one guest), and oneworld Emerald cardholders (+ one guest), when the departure flight is operated and marketed by a oneworld airline. Access may be limited during peak hours.
 

Here are some pictures of the Premium Lounge.

The lounge isn't quite as crowded as the Business Lounge and feels more exclusive.

 

A better selection of food and beverage is on offer including Joseph Perrier Brut Champagne and Napue Gin.

 

Both lounge share its bathroom and shower room facilities.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of both lounges is the Sauna which is very popular tradition in Finland! (You can access from either lounge)

I did pay a visit to the Sauna during 4pm and have the whole Sauna to myself. It is very refreshing to have a shower afterwards! Note there are actually 2 Sauna, one for male and one for female.

 

Well, I found both lounges decent, spacious and pleasant to spend time before my flight. Finnair have a hub hours during 2pm-5pm where all the intercontinental and european flights arrive and depart so expect the terminal and the lounge to be more crowded. Much to my surprise, I didn't encounter this issue to a great extent. The Sauna remains empty and I found plenty of empty seats around.

 

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