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With not too many lounge options available before my flight over to Santorini, I used my Priority Pass that was obtained from my American Express Business Platinum Card to enter the Goldair Handling Lounge located within Terminal B of Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH). There are two Goldair Handling lounges within ATH. This one was for Schengen departures, while the other in Terminal A is for non-Schengen departures. I headed to the area across from gate B13 and the check-in process was smooth with the lounge attendant swiping my Priority Pass card and granting me access to the lounge.
Some reading material was available near the entrance, but I didn’t really bother with them as my main goal was to grab some breakfast prior to departure. For my departing flight, I went with a cash fare that came out to around $100 on Volotea to Santorini. There are other cheaper options available through Ryan Air, but the flight timings would either have us departing from ATH at the break of dawn, or arrive into Santorini way too late in the evening.
The lounge featured floor to almost-ceiling windows which let in lots of natural light and offered excellent views of the parking lot outside.
For food, there was a decent spread of hot and cold bites, although I would categorize this to me more appetizer-like foods than an actual lunch spread, which was what I was hoping for.
As it started approaching 11:00 AM, things started to pick up a bit and more passengers arrived. Likely like me, to grab a quick bite before taking off to their destinations.
In terms of alcoholic beverage selections, there were some local Greek wines available, and even raki, which is a brandy made from grapes and is popular within countries such as Greece and Turkey. Non-alcoholic options were also available which included to usual fruit juices and pop in the drink fridges underneath the countertop.
As I left, a Mac computer station caught my eye, but none of them seemed to actually be turned on. As a word of warning, never enter any login credentials onto workstations like these at the airport as you never know what sorts of software or malware could be on them. Though use them at your own risk if you desperately need to use them.
With not too many other options available at ATH, there aren’t too many complaints about the Goldair Handling Lounge Athens Terminal B. My one criticism was the fact that there are only two washroom stalls available, one for men and one for women. It also happened that the one stall for men was out of order so I had to walk out of the lounge and back into the terminal in order to use the washroom. Besides that? There was ample space for seating when I arrived which included chairs and sofas, and while the food selection wasn’t the greatest, it did its job of providing a light snack before my flight.
From a young age, Colin’s family travelled together from Japan to Thailand as well as take the occasional family road trip. This led to an interest in global affairs and an international exchange to the United States where he made friends from all around the world. When walking down the airplane aisle to the back of the plane, he always dreamed of a day where he would be able to sit at the front in the premium seats. After stumbling upon the points and miles community, he is now proud to be seated among those he marvelled at as a child.