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:
- New York JFK – Jeddah
- Saudia Lounge, Jeddah and Jeddah-Lahore
- CIP Lounge in Lahore, Pakistan
- Lahore – Riyadh
And now P.C. continues with her visit to the Saudia lounge in Riyadh
Welcome to Kind Khalid International Airport, Riyadh. As soon as my inbound plane got to the gate, people starting lighting up: Riyadh is a smoke-friendly airport.
There were no signs about transit passengers or lounges or gates. Nevertheless, it was much easier finding the Saudia lounge and the airport had more to offer than Jeddah did. It had an odd coffee shop (which offered Wifi), and a few jewelry stores in the duty free area.
The lounge itself was very dark and smoky, but it had internet and a conference room. Also, restrooms are located in the main terminal i.e. there are no separate restrooms for lounge users. Every table in the seating area had a box of napkins and ashtrays.
There was the usual serving of plated desserts and hot breakfast:
My favorite was the plum topped tartlet:
Lots of cold sandwiches, sodas, and a functional coffee machine:
The staff in the lounge was very professional and I was personally reminded about my flight boarding.