Last week I traveled for work from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to Pune International Airport (PNQ) on Jet Airways. I also wrote about my experience with lounge hopping at 2 airport lounges at AUH Terminal 1 – Al Reem Lounge and Al Dhabi Lounge.
In the past, whenever I would get a chance to travel to Pune, I would always wonder, why doesn’t Pune International Airport still not have a non-airline branded Premium Airport Lounge?
I check-in to my SpiceJet flight, and when I was done, I turn around and glanced upon something new that said Lounge, and I was like no way – it’s an Airport Lounge!
Meet “BIRD Lounge”, Pune International Airport’s first ever Premium Airport Lounge not tied to any specific airline.
Bird Lounge – Launch and Location
Bird Lounge officially opened its doors on 25th January 2019 at PNQ in Lohegaon (Lohgaon), Pune. I spoke to them, and I was among the first 25 passengers that had visited the lounge since its inception.
Relax. Refresh. Unwind. Enjoy Bird Lounge’s spirit of hospitality.
It is located right next to the SpiceJet check-in counter inside the airport. Since, it’s right next to check-in, it is before immigration. Hence, keep enough time for immigration and security.
Bird Lounge – Checkin & Price
At checkin, you are required to provide your valid boarding pass. Entry to the Bird Lounge comes at a no-brainer price of INR 599.00 (~ AED 30, ~ USD 8.37).
Cash works but I paid successfully with my Visa Credit Card (they did not accept AMEX). The credit card charge showed up as “ABOVE GROUND LEVEL” and coded as Food & Drink (Restaurants).
The Bird Lounge at PNQ is not yet part of any lounge network like Priority Pass, Lounge Key, Lounge Buddy etc. I secretly wish that it may eventually be 🙂 (Bird Lounge Thiruvananthapuram is already a part of Priority Pass and Lounge Buddy)
Bird Lounge – Features
Bird Lounge is relatively smaller compared to most airport lounges, but it has a good seating area and comfortable couches. The restroom / washroom is located in the corner and is also well maintained.
Bird Lounge offers high speed internet and it is definitely faster than the free airport wi-fi. I ran out of free consumption of the airport wifi, and this was a savior.
Bird Lounge also has a small one desk workspace area for internet access (in case you do not have a laptop), and an option for printouts (so handy when you need it).
Food and Beverage
Bird Lounge has good options for snacks, sandwiches, cereals and desserts, all included in your entry fees. Unfortunately, it does not yet serve hot meals.
There were also various options for juices, soda (soft drinks), water, and coffee and tea.
The customer service at Bird Lounge was really good and the folks were very friendly. They helped me with servings of food and beverage and also gladly assisted me with any questions that I had.
Overall, the experience at the lounge was well worth the price, and I look forward to coming back again.
Generally, I’m really happy that Pune International Airport finally has an airport lounge and is making it easier for business and leisure travelers.
There’s one thing I wish Pune International Airport would add support for – allowing wide body aircrafts to fly in and out of the airport. This would open a flurry of flight options from different parts of the world. But I understand the restrictions, and I hope that if not this one, the new Pune Airport would definitely support this.
For more lounge reviews in India, the popular travel blog LiveFromALounge has a really good compilation of lounge reviews. Here are a few – AMEX Lounge Mumbai, GVK Lounge Mumbai, Plaza Premium Lounge Ahmedabad, Plaza Premium Lounge Delhi etc.
And if you’re into First Class Airport Lounges, Lucky from One Mile At A Time has a good compilation of The World’s Best First Class Airport Lounges in 2019.
Have you visited the Bird Lounge at Pune International Airport (PNQ)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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