Priority Pass is the the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,000 participating lounges around the world. Some of these are airline lounges, some are contract lounges, and lately they’ve gotten creative and have expanded beyond that.
Priority Pass has rapidly added restaurants and bars to their lounge portfolio in the US, but they are rare outside of the US, especially in Europe where you all know I travel regularly. I’ve written before about how the Priority Pass restaurant at London Gatwick is my now favourite thing about using that airport.
I’m a paid member of Priority Pass, and as such receive a monthly email with an update on new lounges and restaurants. They’re mostly obscure airport lounges in China that I will never visit.
So I was thrilled to see in last month’s update that the Fly Inn at Helsinki Airport in Finland has joined the Priority Pass program. Helsinki Airport is already a great European airport that is well known for its excellent short connection abilities.
Now unlike many Priority Pass restaurants that simply give you a fixed value to use towards any menu items, Fly Inn offers the following buffet deal:
Priority Pass members must present a same day boarding pass, and can only use the buffet once in a 24 hour period. The restaurant is located after security in the Schengen area, but those passengers leaving the Schengen area can also use it provided they don’t go through non-Schengen passport control before visiting.
Now I found this to be an interesting offer, but the details were a bit vague, so I reached out to the restaurant group that runs Fly Inn for more details and they have advised me the offer includes the following:
With Priority Pass you can choose a glass of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine or beer (we have chosen the collection for this). Without Priority Pass the breakfast costs 16,90 € and the lunch 19,90 € (does not include the drinks). The lunch has a soup that varies weekly, and then green salad and two different types of salads + bread and spread.
They’ve also provided me with a sample set menu for Priority Pass for both breakfast and lunch:
The breakfast buffet looks excellent, especially considering it includes a drink (and you can have as much as you want).
The lunch buffet may look a little plain in comparison, especially considering other Priority Pass restaurants offer cheeseburgers and ribs, but I quite like the idea of a healthy, lighter option than the junky food I usually consume at airport lounges.
I am a little surprised/disappointed not to see a fish dish on the lunch buffet, considering how much salmon I gorge on when I visit Finland, but do appreciate that it includes a beverage.
As someone who uses Priority Pass every few weeks, I am more excited about the addition of new restaurants such as these than the same old boring, basic airport lounges with their limited, pre packaged junk and no proper hot food.
The addition of Fly Inn to the Priority Pass network makes a great European airport even better in my opinion, and I’d be especially keen to try the breakfast buffet, which looks excellent in terms of quality and range.
Are you passing through Helsinki Airport anytime soon?