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I left the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport shortly after 5AM, plenty early for my 7:25AM flight to Paris. Since the Sheraton is connected to Terminal 1, I had to take the train to Terminal 2. The station for the train linking terminals is less than a five minute walk from the Sheraton.
The train arrived a minute after I got to the station, so within 10 minutes of leaving the Sheraton I found myself in Terminal 2.
Upon taking the escalator down into the departures hall, Air France/KLM check-in was located immediately to the left.
There was quite a line for the check-in counter, though fortunately there were some kiosks in the center of the terminal which could process reservations for several airlines, so I was able to print my boarding passes there.
I followed the signage towards my departure gate, where I was led to a security checkpoint. Since it was still so early in the morning there was no queue, and I was through in a matter of minutes.
I hadn’t researched my lounge options before getting to the airport, so quickly hopped onto the wifi and saw that Air France has a lounge at Frankfurt Airport, located between gates D26 and D27.
That was confirmed by the signage in terminal. The lounge was quite a ways from the main security checkpoint, and the hallway was almost eerily quiet, which I’m not used to at Frankfurt Airport, as it’s usually overcrowded.
The Air France lounge was located towards the end of the hallway and to the right, just next to the Iberia lounge.
It’s worth noting that in addition to serving other SkyTeam airlines, the Air France Lounge Frankfurt is also available to those flying Icelandair, airBaltic, Finnair, and airberlin.
While the SkyTeam indicated that the lounge opens at 5:30AM, it in fact opens at 5:45AM, at least on the morning I was visiting. So I had to wait about 10 minutes before it opened.
There were a few people lined up to get into the lounge, but within a minute or so of the lounge opening my boarding pass was scanned and I was admitted.
The lounge itself was a bit larger than I was expecting, and was fairly well designed. There was a main room with a bunch of small dining tables, with 2-4 seats each.
Along the windows were some leather chairs facing the interior of the lounge, with a side table after every two seats.
There was also an area with high-top seating.
Then another part of the lounge had slightly more stylish seating, which also had more privacy, thanks to the presence of some partitions.
In the back corner of the lounge was a small business center with a few stations.
The buffet area was in an “L” shape, between the two areas of the lounge.
On the left side there were some bananas, mini-muffins, chips, and snack mix.
Next to that were a few types of wine, and then also a small selection of liquor.
There was also a fridge with cheese, yogurt, and fruit salad.
Next to that were several types of bread and cold cuts.
There were also three types of cereal.
But who needs cold cuts and cheese when you can simply spread Nutella on a piece of bread? 😉
There was also a fridge with bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and white wine.
Then there was a juice machine.
Perhaps intended for the Chinese airlines which operate out of the concourse, there were several types of instant noodles.
There was also an espresso machine, which was one of the better lounge espresso machines I’ve seen.
There were also some delicious cookies — mmmmm.
I couldn’t resist a cappuccino and two of the cookies, which were tasty.
I spent about 45 minutes in the lounge getting caught up on work, thanks to the fast wifi connection.
Boarding was scheduled for 6:50AM, so I headed to gate D23 at around 6:40AM. The gate area was fully enclosed, meaning they scan your boarding pass as you enter the gate area, and once you’re in the gate you’re already considered to be on the plane.
While our flight was using a remote stand, there were nice views of the China Eastern A330 at the gate next to us.
Not to get political, but I’m curious what you guys think about something I don’t really understand about European airports. No matter where you stand politically, I think we all agree that we have problems with guns in the US (some say the solution is to get rid of them, others say the solution is that everyone should be armed). Collectively Europe has fewer gun issues, though I find it interesting how there are consistently officers roaming several major European airports with machine guns.
In this instance there were two guys with machine guns in our actual gate area. Like, not roaming the terminal, but rather they had entered our “sterile” area, and were blocking the stairs to the remote stand. I assume the machine guns in general are intended to intimidate, though the widespread use of them doesn’t make sense to me, especially past security.
If they’re assuming passengers are being properly screened, I don’t get the point of this “intimidation” past the checkpoint. If someone did sneak something through security, they’d almost surely want to do harm on a plane, rather than just in the terminal. So I’m not sure who they’re intended to stop or how they’re intended to intimidate.
What I do know is that being around people with machine guns in public spaces makes me sort of uncomfortable. Not that I was actually scared, but I’m just not a fan of people with machine guns standing around me. I mean, it certainly doesn’t put me at ease.
Can anyone rationalize the prevalence of officers with machine guns at European airports?
Anyway, finally at 6:55AM boarding was announced, starting with SkyPriority, which included business class passengers and SkyTeam elite members.
Air France Lounge Frankfurt Airport bottom line
Of course my favorite lounge at Frankfurt Airport is the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, and this lounge can’t compete with it. But that’s also not a fair comparison. Perhaps a fairer comparison would be to the Japan Airlines Lounge Frankfurt or Air Canada Lounge Frankfurt.
For an outstation lounge in Europe I thought this one was perfectly nice. It was spacious, well designed, and had a good selection of food & drinks. While I wouldn’t arrive early to use the lounge, it’s a nice enough place to kill time if you’re flying a SkyTeam airline out of Terminal 2 in Frankfurt.
Of course it paled in comparison to the next lounge I’d visit, which is my favorite in the world — the Air France First Class Lounge Paris!
If you’ve used the Air France lounge in Frankfurt, what was your experience like?