New Mumbai Lounge for Business and First Class Passengers

Old Dec 15, 14, 1:46 pm
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New Mumbai Lounge for Business and First Class Passengers

So early this year, Mumbai inaugurated the new international T2 terminal. At that point, it was unclear on what would happen to the Lufthansa Lounges in the old terminal. Soon, the news came out that there will be only one lounge that will be shared by all airlines.

This new lounge was inaugurated in late November & I did get the opportunity to visit the lounge on December 1.



My first impression was that this lounge is not as big as the Lufthansa Business Lounge in Frankfurt but evidently I'm wrong. There is more in this lounge that I probably did not notice. I'm posting two articles (courtesy Boardingarea) that might be helpful to Lufthansa frequent flyers. I was flying business, so had access pass to the lounge but I do not know if FTL or SEN members can access it when traveling on Y.

The Lufthansa lounges in old terminal are now closed. I never liked the old lounges anyways but this new one is worth a visit if you are flying via Mumbai (BOM).



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Mumbai T2 New Business Lounge - 1

Mumbai T2 New Business Lounge - 2

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Old Dec 15, 14, 2:35 pm
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That is the GVK lounge, not a LH operated lounge?
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Flew Y to BOM lately so I probably only saw the new lounge in expansion progress during my J trip in april.

Well...it can only improve from what it was shall we say

Must say that new airport is a huge improvement, especially when travelling business/first. Dedicated security/immigration ^
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
That is the GVK lounge, not a LH operated lounge?
Only business lounge in Mumbai, but very nice.
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Old Dec 15, 14, 3:42 pm
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That is the GVK lounge, not a LH operated lounge?
Yes. Apparently, airlines will not be allowed to have dedicated lounges. All airlines will share this one GVK lounge. I do not know if that is a good thing or bad thing.
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Old Dec 15, 14, 3:53 pm
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Must say that new airport is a huge improvement, especially when travelling business/first. Dedicated security/immigration ^
There is also a dedicated pre check-in waiting area for Business/First passengers in case if you reach early i.e. before the check-in counters have opened. This is on the extreme left & right of the airport.

Plus if you are on the LX flight to Zurich or LH flight to MUC, then you are among the first few business/first passengers going through the dedicated security/immigration counters. It is only after midnight when the Mumbai airspace starts getting busy with international flights.

BTW, since the lounge is new, you are escorted by someone to the lounge. Feels like you are getting that royal treatment.
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There is also a dedicated pre check-in waiting area for Business/First passengers in case if you reach early i.e. before the check-in counters have opened. This is on the extreme left & right of the airport.

Thanks, good to know ^
I thoroughly remember that dreadful waiting area in the old terminal...not enough time to head to the city or a hotel, too much time to be let into the airport.

At least the security guys are getting accustomed to things like tablets and smartphones instead of a printed ticket / confirmation!

How things change...I also remember beginning of the year I was ready with my pen to complete the departure form only to find out they scrapped it. Actually missed that ritual

Anyway, sorry for the OT...looking forward to experiencing the lounge on my departure flight from BOM end of the year. Will snap a few pics.
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Originally Posted by Redhat72 View Post
There is also a dedicated pre check-in waiting area for Business/First passengers in case if you reach early i.e. before the check-in counters have opened. This is on the extreme left & right of the airport.

Plus if you are on the LX flight to Zurich or LH flight to MUC, then you are among the first few business/first passengers going through the dedicated security/immigration counters. It is only after midnight when the Mumbai airspace starts getting busy with international flights.

BTW, since the lounge is new, you are escorted by someone to the lounge. Feels like you are getting that royal treatment.
Am I the only one, WHO finds the (lack of) signs for the dedicated security/immigration a prob (I have always difficulties finding it).
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*G on Y have access

Originally Posted by Redhat72 View Post
I do not know if FTL or SEN members can access it when traveling on Y.
SENs / *G get access with Y class.

The lounge is nice but a crowded in peak times (midnight Fri/Sat at least).
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Checked with the LH lounge team: BOM/CSIAs operator, GVK, will not allow airlines to build their own lounges even in the later phases. So it will be three tiers of lounges on the international side: business, premier and VIP. LH will offer business tier access to C/SEN/*G (also in Y), premier tier to F/HON.
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
Checked with the LH lounge team: BOM/CSIAs operator, GVK, will not allow airlines to build their own lounges even in the later phases. So it will be three tiers of lounges on the international side: business, premier and VIP. LH will offer business tier access to C/SEN/*G (also in Y), premier tier to F/HON.
Thanks oliver2002.

Do you know whether other M&M privileges will apply? e.g. can you take a guest if you are SEN traveling in Y? Asking because FTL in Y may not be allowed as per Lufthansa website.
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Originally Posted by Redhat72 View Post
Thanks oliver2002.

Do you know whether other M&M privileges will apply? e.g. can you take a guest if you are SEN traveling in Y? Asking because FTL in Y may not be allowed as per Lufthansa website.
SEN in Y can take a guest, no access for FTL in Y.
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Some more photos of the lounge

http://thedesignair.net/2014/11/27/t...unge-terminal/
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
Checked with the LH lounge team: BOM/CSIAs operator, GVK, will not allow airlines to build their own lounges even in the later phases. So it will be three tiers of lounges on the international side: business, premier and VIP. LH will offer business tier access to C/SEN/*G (also in Y), premier tier to F/HON.
I visited the GVK lounge twice recently. The first time I was departing on 9W in Business (Premire) and was given a lounge invitation at check-in. The second time I was connecting from 9W (international) to LH F and because I only had a BP issued by 9W and no lounge invitation, the receptionist had to make a couple of phone calls before I was allowed in. Presumably they had to check LH will pay for a small bottle to mineral water and a carton of orange juice I consumed in the lounge!

I was expecting to be in a different lounge the second time but ended up in exactly the same lounge as before. It is possible that a roped-off area at the far end adjacent to the buffet/dining area is the First Class section but I was not told about it and did not ask.

I have posted some photos in the India forum.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/24146821-post6.html

BOM T2 is a shiny new terminal but LH seems to be relegated to the furthest possible gate and it's a looooong walk on arrival as well on departure. The terminal (which is not yet complete) could certainly do with better management.
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