Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) has recently opened their new international Alfursan lounge at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport Terminal 1.
SAUDIA Passengers can use the dedicated Premium Class check-in area then proceed directly to the lounge at the airside via Airside Mobility Mover (ATM).
Access to the Lounge
- Business Class and First Class passengers on SAUDIA
- Alfursan Elite and Elite+ and Skyteam elite cardholders flying SAUDIA can access the lounge.
The lounge also accepts payment for walk-in passengers. Business Class lounge access cost SAR345 while First Class lounge access cost SAR575 for 6 hours of access.
No Priority Pass or credit card entry. Instead, they can be used in nearby Welcome Lounge.
Features of Alfursan Lounge
- Has both dedicated First & Business class area
- The 3,500-square-meter lounge can accommodate around 450 guests at a time and over 10,000 guests throughout the day, making it the largest of its kind across the SkyTeam alliance.
In the middle of the lounge, there is a centerpiece white piano.
- Relaxation Area
- Business Center
- Kitchen and Dining Areas
- Dessert Bar
- Coffee Bar
- Kids’ Zone
Unlike the domestic AlFursan Lounge, the entire new international lounge is indoor, with no natural lighting and offer no views of the airport tarmac.
There's the usual buffet area. However, be aware the buffet is only served during meal hours. Outside of meal hours the selection is limited.
During my visit, there are a few robots serving appetizer dishes to each table.
AlFursan Lounge First Class Section
To the left of the entrance of AlFursan Lounge, there is a separate First Class section.
SAUDIA operates a handful of First Class flights to London, Paris, Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles.
The additional features in the First Class section include:
- A la carte dining
- Cigar Bar
- Date Bar
- Ice cream bar
The Alfursan Lounge is a significant addition to the Jeddah new airport terminal.
Through the Jeddah hub, SAUDIA brings in 33 million visitors to the Kingdom. The hub will play a key role to welcome more than 300 million air passengers by 2030, including 100 million international visitors, in line with Saudi government vision 2030.
I tried out the impressive lounge and hope they can keep up the consistency of the service offering.