Returning back to my last trip report, I had to take a flight back to Jakarta from Yogyakarta and it would be my first time passing through Yogyakarta as a departing passenger. The airport is small as I experienced it landing there a couple of days prior and it is not served by any jet bridge on the domestic terminal. As I understand it, there is an international terminal with scheduled flights to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, but the airport shares the space with the military air base. Until the new airport is ready, visitors will just have to make do with the limited space and facilities.
The check in counters inside feels temporary and it was a real chaotic scene. Fortunately it was not of a long queue for Garuda Indonesia flights and me and my friend was checked in quickly. It was then another queue to access the waiting area for flights and the terminal was even more packed past the security area. It was basically a rectangular common space with some shops and eateries at the periphery, and while there was supposed to be plenty of seating, there were plenty of passengers waiting too. In the end there was practically no empty seats.
Fortunately, I spotted the Borobudur Lounge at the end of the terminal that I could access with my Indonesian-issued credit card. This is a domestic airport lounge and this review would provide an overview of what travellers would expect from domestic airport lounges in second tier Asian airports. At the reception counters there was 2 staff on hand to check in guests and there was plenty of travellers seeking refuge in the lounge given how crowded the main waiting area was.
On the lounge reception desk, there was the wifi code which was complimentary. The wifi was stable and usable for the short wait while I was in the lounge. The reception area is in the middle of the lounge and there are seats on both sides of the entrance, with the one of the right side to be quieter.
Moving to the left side, there was tarmac views from the windows and there is a decent buffet counter with a good variety of hot food, even if they are catered for Indonesians in general. The spread includes the usual fried rice, a soup selection, vegetables in the form of gado-gado (Indonesian style salad with peanut sauce) and a couple of stir-fried dishes.
There was a couple of friitters and fried snacks that are commonly found along Indonesian street hawkers. Not to be missed are the colourful cakes and pastries which serves as dessert.
For beverages, guests have very limited selection since alcohol is basically non-existent. There was a fridge with mineral water in individually sealed plastic cups, tea or coffee by the pot and some juices.
Business travellers are probably better off using their smartphone wifi to read up on news since the newspapers and magazines inside here are Indonesian language only. There was, however, a couple of desktops around the corner if one finds a desktop to be easier to read.
The lounge does offer several empty seats and it was adequate to wait out one’s flight in relative comfort compared to the common waiting hall. There are even some TVs inside the lounge to entertain if guests are bored, though they are tuned only to Indonesian news channels which can be equally boring.
Furnishing inside the lounge was very basic with colourful lounge chairs that provide moderate support. The area does look more modern than the messy waiting area outside and that did make the ambience better.
What I appreciated was the designated smoking room inside the lounge allowing guests who are non-smokers to relax inside the lounge.
Yogyakarta’s Borobudur lounge is a decent place for an airport lounge when one does need it. At the bottom line, it offers some space to sit down and get some Indonesian food before the plane ride. While this might be adequate in the old Yogyakarta airport, I certainly look forward to an upgrade when the new airport is completed.