Pakistani Correspondent continues her guest post describing the experience flying Saudia business class, which she redeemed using American Express Membership Rewards points transferred to Delta.
Here’s her previous installment:
And now P.C. continues with the CIP lounge in Lahore:
Lahore airport was very chaotic, crowded and possibly a place in hell. The ticketing agent was not helpful, and did not help me pick my seats (which I couldn’t reserve online either). I was also charged an extra airport fee which had “just gone in effect” but was not informed of this charge by Delta or Saudia.
Luckily, I had some local currency because the payment was cash only and no official receipt was provided.
Apparently, these new aviation taxes are only for Pakistani airports and have nothing to do with the airlines, and they are collected when boarding passes are issued. Tip: always carry extra cash in local currency at developing country airports so you can board your plane.
After clearing mindless security procedures (three times at three different locations), I finally made my way to the lounges upstairs. The premiere lounge is apparently only $6 per person (international flight). There was hardly anyone in the CIP lounge sans airport security personnel:
There was no real food besides some stale sandwiches:
The main seating area had a fan and a mosquito buzzer hanging from the roof. The buzzer did zap each time a mosquito was fried. Not charming.
Hopefully, the courtesy tips posted on the wall in the ladies restroom give an idea of the state of the said toilet. Note, the muslim shower was broken:
In a mark of supreme efficiency, my flight to Riyadh boarded an hour early and was ready to go so I’m glad I happened to go to the gate area a bit early because there were no flight announcements in the lounge.