Hello from Kiev!
We are (slowly) making our way back from Baku, and are presently luxuriating in the Ukraine International Business class lounge, which the Kiev airport boastfully describes as:
Business lounges of the Boryspil International Airport provide an exclusive atmosphere of respectability and comfort in which you can get ready for a pleasant trip as well as effectively work prior to the departure of your flight.
I think we might have some different ideas about what “effectively work” means, because unless you’re an aspiring UN translator or airhorn operator I don’t see how anyone could possibly get anything done here.
Not only is the general noise level of the lounge ridiculous (apparently headphones and silenced phones aren’t a thing here?), but the announcements for departing flights are out. of. control.
Ben helpfully took a video, so y’all can share this experience with us:
Every flight is called in English, Ukrainian, and the official language of the destination city. Loudly. And it’s not like this is an airport with only five daily flights or something. There are dozens of flight every hour, and multiple (maybe 18?) announcements per flight, so the broadcasts have been constant.
Truly, we’ve been here for 90 minutes and there hasn’t been a single break in the cacophony.
Luckily for us, our flight is delayed four hours, so we have even more time to enjoy the ambiance!
I’ve been in a lot of lounges, but can’t remember ever experiencing an auditory experience quite like this.
One thing is for sure — there is no excuse for not knowing if your flight is boarding in Kiev!