Introduction: A Quick Jaunt On Saudia, Jet, And Tunisair
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Review: Saudia First Class Lounge Riyadh Airport
Review: Saudia First Class 777-300ER Riyadh To Dubai
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Review: Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport
Review: SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport
Review: Jet Airways Business Class 737 Dubai To Mumbai
Review: GVK Lounge Mumbai Airport
Review: Jet Airways First Class 777-300ER Mumbai To London
Review: Yotel London Heathrow Terminal 4
Review: SkyTeam Lounge London Heathrow Airport
Review: Tunisair A320 Business Class London To Tunis
Review: Sheraton Tunis
Review: Tunis Airport Lounge
Review: Tunisair Business Class A330 Tunis To Montreal
I got dropped off at Tunis Airport at around 1:30PM, plenty early for my 4:15PM flight to Montreal.
As is normal in the region, there was a security check to even enter the terminal, which was pretty thorough, including a pat down.
I already had my boarding pass so could skip the check-in counter. The check-in hall was outdated but still grand and charming, in a way.
I followed the signage towards departures, which had me going to the very left of the terminal.
There was an immigration checkpoint, which was quick, and then security, where there was only a very short queue. I was through within a matter of minutes.
Once past security there was a large duty free shop, and I turned right to walk towards the lounge.
Towards the far end of the terminal is the Espace Privilege Lounge, which is the lounge used by most airlines at Tunis Airport.
The lounge was pretty sad. It consisted of a large room with a bunch of small dining tables as well as some couches.
Towards the back right corner of the lounge was a small business center with two PCs.
The lounge had views of the ramp, which was pretty quiet.
Past the entrance and to the right of the lounge was the buffet spread, which was about as sad as the rest of the lounge.
It featured carbs of many varieties.
Then there were two juice machines, as well as an area with stacked bottles of water.
All other drinks were available from a bar at the back of the lounge, so if you wanted a soft drink you had to ask a bartender. I felt a bit strange taking a head-on picture of the bar, given that there were three bartenders sitting there talking loudly the whole time.
On the plus side, the lounge had wifi, which worked intermittently. For a few minutes it would be high speed, then it could stop working completely, then it would work again briefly, etc.
The lounge had gender segregated bathrooms that weren’t kept especially clean, and there were no showers.
Boarding was scheduled for 3:45PM, though at around 3PM I decided to head to the gate. My flight was departing from gate 54, located at the far end of the hallway, a few minutes walk from the lounge.
The entrance to gate 54 was at the end of the hallway on the right. While the queue to get into the gate was short, there was a single agent conducting security checks. One-by-one people would be called into the room and have all their belongings searched. I had to wait for maybe 10 minutes, though by the time it was my turn, there were dozens of people in line behind me. It seems like they could use a more efficient system.
The gate area itself was large, and probably the nicest part of the terminal.
Unfortunately we were departing from a remote stand, meaning we’d have to take a bus there. While boarding was scheduled for 3:45PM, they started loading the first bus at 3:30PM.
It took about 10 minutes for that bus to be loaded. Right in front of the bus was a Libyan Wings A319, which is an airline you don’t see every day.
There was also a Tunisair A319 parked next to it.
The bus ride to the plane took about five minutes, and we arrived there at around 3:45PM. I have to say, I think Tunisair’s A330 livery is gorgeous — what a stunning plane!
I was excited to board and see what the onboard experience would be like.
Tunis Airport Lounge bottom line
On the plus side, Tunis Airport itself was easy to use, with short queues at immigration and security. The airport also isn’t that big, so it was easy to get around.
Otherwise it’s not a terribly impressive airport, though. The lounge was pretty sad in terms of decor and food quality.
For what it’s worth, it looks like the airport has another lounge (that’s actually part of Priority Pass) and it looks like it might be nicer. But it could also be that the pictures were just taken a decade ago, and it has deteriorated a bit since then.