Jan 14, 12, 5:23 pm
Rather confused here. I've been reading that both passengers departing to a non-schengen (i.e. LX F to BKK) or a schengen (i.e. going to FCO but connecting from LX F) can access the FCL. My question is does LX at ZRH have two separate FCL lounge: one for schengen destinations and the other for non-schengen? Or is it the just one FCL for both? If the latter is true how does the layout work? :confused: If I'm not mistaken, an LX F pax going to BKK will clear departure passport control prior to getting to the entrance of the lounge. I also heard that say a person doing LX F JFK-ZRH and connecting to say ZRH-VIE in OS J will need to clear immigration in ZRH before they can make the connection and use the FCL. But then what about those O&D travelers on ZRH-VIE? Do they need to clear departure passport controls before they can go to the gate? :confused:
Jan 14, 12, 9:51 pm
There is only one F lounge. It is in the schengen area.
Usually you need to make your own way to the F lounge. It is one level above the departure area.
If you arrive at a schengen gate: walk to the transfer desk in A, take the stairs or the elevator.
If you arrive at a bus gate: at the bus drop off point don't turn left as everybody else, turn right, you will see two elevators (with only a tiny sign), they will take you up to the F lounge.
If you arrive at the E gates (typical for non-Schengen long haul) take the Heidi train to the main terminal, go thru immigration, up to the departure area, turn left, look for the transfer desk and take stairs/elevator.
Departing is similar:
Departing on a Schengen gate: walk to the gate
Departing on a Schengen outside position: they usually take you downstairs and drive you to the plane, sometimes they just dump you at the regular bus gate
Departing on a non-Schengen: they escort you downstairs, there is a special immigration booth and then you will be driven to the E gates and dumped in the middle of the terminal (different from FRA where they actually take you to the real gate and you bypass the boarding zoo).
In short: on a non-Schengen to non-Schengen connection you need to go thru passport control twice to go to the F lounge.