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Is there a second contender for ‘Smallest Priority Pass Lounge in the World’?!

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Back in July, we brought you some pictures of the Priority Pass lounge at Iguazú Falls airport in Argentina.  Reader Graeme had been passing through – see his report here – and believed it was a strong contender for the title of ‘Smallest Priority Pass Lounge in the World’.

Here are a couple of shots of the Aeropuertos VIP Club.  You can see Graeme’s point:

iguazu falls vip lounge seating 2

andiguazu falls vip lounge seating

Let’s be honest.  Many of us have more seating at home!  Sadly the lounge has now left Priority Pass so your chance of trying it out has gone.

However, it turns out that there is a new contender for the ‘Smallest Priority Pass Lounge’ prize, and it is a lot nearer than Argentina.

Welcome to the Ireland West Executive Lounge in Knock!

Click on any picture to enlarge – not that there is much else to see 🙂

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

Nominated by reader Paul, he reckons that capacity is around eight.

Cunningly, you can only get in by inputting a code on the door which is only available from the airport information desk landside – so if you have already cleared security, you’re stuck.  It is one way of keeping down capacity I suppose.

From the outside, it looks substantially more impressive:

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

Of course, with onlya handful of departures per day on average from Knock, you’re unlikely to hit rush hour anyway.

But is any good?

“Sadly the coffee was all instant, the food selection a bit dull, and the room somewhat hot.  Given how relatively empty and relaxed Knock departures was, it didn’t add much for me than a quiet place to get on a couple of calls.”

If you can find somewhere smaller, let us know!

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

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Comments

  1. In around 2006, the Virgin Nigeria “business class lounge” at Abuja Airport in Nigeria was eight white garden chairs and a fan. I’ll try and dig out the photo I have next to the sign.

  2. Does anyone else remember the old British Airways “lounge” at Malta International Airport back in the 1990’s? It was little more than a broom cupboard. When you checked in you were given a code for the door lock to enter. There were no staff, a few chairs and magazines and one or two snacks.

  3. Michael C says:

    Knock lounge definitely had the same “design” team as IOM!

  4. “A quiet place to get on some calls” thus it was no longer quiet.

  5. Thessaloniki airport has a tiny lounge. I’d say it’s about 8 people. Just a few seats and a fridge.

  6. I can nominate Inverness. Thats small, reckon only about 6-8 seats but great offerings and friendly staff. Hidden in a corner by one of thexgates

    • We are planning to go up to Inverness later in the year so will check it out!

    • INV is pretty cozy, yes. It does have over a dozen seats, though.

      Given how tiny it is, it’s actually a pretty well-run lounge.

      • more like 20 seats and despite it being small and busy there is still the odd passenger who thinks that their coat or handbag deserves a seat of its own!

    • Jill. (kinkell) says:

      Inverness is a great wee lounge. I think it has a max. of about 25….that includes a few bar stool type seats at the window and the armchair at the reception desk. Great staff with the bacon butties at the ready for the 0705 to LHR!

  7. We flew last month from Juliaca to Lima in Peru. Only a handful of domestic flights arrive and depart from Nuliaca each day yet it had a really tiny PP lounge. Three of us filled it.

  8. Brussels Charleroi must be a contender. Entry by key code and no frontage to speak of. Seating for 6-8.
    The best feature is the selection of chocolate bars.

  9. Felix Flyer says:

    I nominate Tanger, Morocco. Should be there again in 2 weeks time so will try and measure it!

  10. I’ve never know Knock departures to be ’empty and relaxed’. It’s usually quite the opposite in my experience.

    The departures hall has capacity for 2-300 people, tops. If you’re unlucky enough to be there when there are two flights departing close together then it’s pandemonium!

  11. If you’re travelling BA, even in First, Tel Aviv has an abysmal lounge called Dan Plus (there’s also a Dan without the plus) which is a couple of small rooms. Thankfully the details have faded from my memory but there was probably hot and cold soft drinks and maybe something to eat, but it’s a minimalist offering. Inverness is almost palatial in comparison.

    • The good news is that security at Tel Aviv takes so long that you won’t have time for the lounge anyway.

      • The good news is that once you are through the security in Tel Aviv you can be rest assured you are solidly safe. Furthermore, no liquids need to come out of hand luggage and no shoes or belts need to come off.

        • That’s no consolation for us since they opened every bag, swabbed every surface and tested my other half’s shoes for explosive residue three times. That seemed pretty standard judging by what we saw ahead of us. Not sure the 20 minute grilling on a trip to Dubai did much for security either…

      • Actually that wasn’t my experience. Having been told to arrive ridiculously early, I had to wait for check-in to open then I was through security in 5 minutes. YMMV.

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