With my hometown being a small town in the southern edge of Sumatra, I get the chance to fly out of small airports like TKG. As a small airport, there is only one lounge with no jet bridge at all. While this may change as the airport is undergoing an expansion, this would be a chance to show the existing lounge facilities in a small airport. Prior to this, I do not even bother to head to the lounge, though I happened to be in the airport early and decided to check out the small room which is dedicated to the lounge on the second floor where the waiting lounge are all located at. Boarding still takes place at the ground floor as passengers board the bus to the plane, and while it sounds like a hassle, there are no waiting chairs on the ground floor by the boarding gates.
A desk functions as the receptionist for this small lounge on the end of the waiting area. This works for a small lounge and because I requested for admission using my SkyTeam Elite Plus status, it was necessary for the agent to check on my access. Other means of gaining entry includes the use of certain bank credit cards.
Upon checking my entry, the whole lounge is openly visible since it is just a rectangular room enclosed by glass panels. That meant lounge guests get no privacy even from the rest of the terminal. There is a small TV in the middle and plenty of armchairs that are placed side by side with little leeway for guests to walk around. The dark upholstery certainly did not cheer things up in this dreary lounge that is no better than the public waiting lounge.
The only highlight was probably the buffet counter which offers complimentary food and limited beverage choices for guests. For food, there was some Indonesian Soto soup with various condiments, fried rice, chips and assorted crackers.
There are also fried snacks or ‘Gorengan’ which is common to Indonesian lounges and assorted kueh or cakes for those wanting dessert. The food was certainly a step up from my past visit to this lounge. Beverage choices though was somewhat lacking since it comprises of instant coffee, tea bags and individually-sealed cups of mineral water.
On the whole, I did not ask for wifi and guests have to use the terminal’s public washrooms. There was not much of a lounge then. But for a small airport, they did provide a good selection of food even if beverage selection was limited. This write-up simply serves to show the state of airport lounges in some remote parts of the world that makes travelling interesting for what you can discover!