For the longest time, Ahmedabad Airport has been devoid of a lounge for the premium passengers. There used to be a sorry excuse called the BICA Restaurant, which was pre-security. However, it shut down a few years ago. Now, we have the new Plaza Premium Lounge Ahmedabad open up in the domestic terminal.
Plaza Premium had launched lounges at the international terminal of the Ahmedabad Airport a couple of months ago. You can book access to the International Terminal lounge here. Earlier this week, I was flying back to Mumbai from Ahmedabad, and I was bouncing around the domestic terminal to kill time, only to notice that there was a new lounge open at the domestic terminal as well.
The Plaza Premium Lounge Ahmedabad Airport Domestic Terminal is located on the first floor of the terminal building, where gates 1-4 are situated. Since there is no signage to follow to the new lounge, you should follow the signs to the food court.
There, right next to the food court stands the Plaza Premium Lounge, which was opened to the public only on December 25, 2018. I was there at about 5 AM in the morning, so everything was quiet, and no one was there to bother.
I walked into the lounge and asked the front desk about complimentary access. I was informed that at this moment, the only way to access the lounge is via Priority Pass, Lounge Key and Lounge Buddy. They did not have credit card tie-ups at the moment. So, I presented them a Priority Pass, and I was signed in quickly.
The Lounge is small but beautiful. It could hold about 50 passengers by my estimates and is organised in three different areas.
On one side of the lounge as you walk in, are solo couches. There are also three of the solo sofas with ottomans and side tables for those who like a view of the airfield operations.
There are a lot of couches also lining up the glass walls with a reasonable view of the airfield.
The centre of the lounge is filled up with community tables, both of the working and dining variety.
There are also small two-person booths, about 4 of them in the lounge.
One side of the lounge is taken over by the kitchen and the food counters. Plaza Premium Lounge has adopted a new approach here, putting on display all the options available, and then serving you warm portions of whatever you would like to have.
The options at the breakfast hour included all sorts of casual dining options, including puffs, biryanis, croissants, sandwiches and cupcakes.
Here are some close-up pictures of the food on display.
I went with a local variant of the poha this morning, but the biryani looked very interesting as well. Apart from food on display, there was bread and soup on offer.
Apart from the various food options, there is a self-service coffee and soft-drink counter.
There was also a shower in the lounge and washrooms next door. Wifi was also provided, but I did not test it out separately given I was there for a very short time.
All in all, it was a perfect lounge for the small space that it is situated in. As a recap, the ways to access the lounge right now via the Priority Pass, or you could buy one-time access with Lounge Buddy. You can also access this lounge via the Jet Airways ICICI Bank Sapphiro Credit Card.
Have you been to the Plaza Premium Lounge Ahmedabad Domestic Terminal? What has been your experience with this lounge?