Clipper Lounge Cochin: the barest lounge ever?

After our three day stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, Kochi Airport, we were dropped off early morning at the Airport in a shuttle car of the hotel. We were already checked-in, and flying Air India. The airport had a Clipper Lounge, however, this was before the security hold area in the Domestic section of the airport. To access, I used my MasterCard and guested my partner using my Priority Pass.

It was early morning so the lounge was empty, or maybe that was the way of life here, because it did not seem like this lounge was ready for any visitors. There was a huge block of empty dining tables laid out across the small lounge, which may be able to hold 40 passengers is my guess. The lounge overlooked a garden.

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We were a bit hungry and wanted to get a bite before we got on the plane. Now, in my experience at any airport during breakfast time, the lounges give you options for toast, cereal, fruits and maybe some other local flavours. There is juice and yoghurt along as well I believe. Here, I could capture their very wide set of offerings in just one picture, because they only had idlis and some toast on offer.

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I was sort of surprised. I thought I’d seen more food at breakfast time, even at the Air Maple Club in LGA. I think this came close to the disappointing visit at the Celebrations Lounge in Mumbai which is now closed, because the lounge was just a room with some seats and negligible food, and in India, other lounges try and make it a bit of an experience. I feel for the people who pay to get access to this lounge and maybe feel cheated afterwards.

Not much to guess, we did not stay for long but were in and out in 15 minutes to go through security check and await the boarding of our plane.

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