Review: Swiss Business Lounge D, Zurich International Airport, Switzerland


We had a welcomed, but brief stop at the Swiss Business Lounge in Concourse D at the Zurich International Airport. The lounge is located in the non Shenghen terminal, and it is used to serve flights to the United Kingdom, like the one we were on today. We had another pleasant stay experience with Swiss who generally offer excellent lounges.

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Review: Swiss Business Lounge D, Concourse D, Non Schengen, Zurich International Airport, Zurich, Switzerland

“The Swiss Business D Lounge at Zurich International Airport offers another reliable and pleasant experience and a place to obtain a quick fill up or to relax prior to your non Schengen flight.”

We left the Swiss Arrivals Lounge and walked over to the Terminal 1 departures hall on the public side. Of course, Switzerland wouldn’t be Switzerland without a Bentley or two parked outside the airport. We also collected a not so cheap $25 USD Starbucks Zurich city mug from the in airport Starbucks.

Zurich International – Terminal One
Valet Parking at Zurich International Airport

We passed by the Swiss check in desks and headed to the departures concourse.

Swiss Check In Desks

Access to the security screening area of the Zurich departures hall is through electronic gates for boarding. A brief security check and we headed over to D concourse through an attractive departures hall.

Accessing the Secure Side of the Zurich International Airport

Locating the Swiss Business Lounge D:

We were processed through Shengen exit immigration controls. and then over to the small hidden Concourse D Swiss Lounge. The Concourse D Lounge serves non Shengen short haul flights, as many Star Alliance long haul wide body international flights depart from Concourse E.

Swiss Business Lounge D – Zurich International Airport

Accessing the Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich:

Access to this Swiss Business Lounge is allowed for departing Swiss business class passengers.

Access is also granted for travellers in First Class SWISS and Lufthansa, HON Circle, Miles & More Senator, Business Class SWISS and Lufthansa, Miles & More Frequent Travellers. The adjacent Swiss Senator Lounge is also available if you are a Star Alliance Gold member or First Class SWISS and Lufthansa, HON Circle, Miles & More Senator level member.

In our case, as Swiss Business Class Passengers, a show of the Swiss Air boarding pass at the reception and we were admitted. 

Inside the Swiss Business Lounge D, Zurich:

The Swiss Lounge Concourse D is a peaceful lounge with a small amount of catering and nice views over the tarmac. There are two sides to this lounge consisting of a Business Lounge Side and a Senator Lounge side. We missed the Senator Lounge side to it as we didn’t think to show our Star Gold card. We can blame this on our Swiss Business Class Nairobi – Zurich overnight flight, which was comfortable but made for a long travel day.

The Lounge Seating Area:

Spacious Loungers

Computers available for the internet:

There were computers available to a access the Internet.

Available Internet Terminals

There were pleasant views of the apron with many short haul flights on standby. The weather had light intermittent snows today.

Airside Views from Swiss Business Lounge D
Swiss A320 on the apron at Zurich

Food and Beverage:

An ample amount of catering was on offer, in addition to a full range of alcohol. As can be expected, the lounge food was consistent with European quality standards, meaning that food was tasty and enjoyable.

Swiss Business Lounge D Buffet
Heaps of Food and Beverage Available

We settled in with a glass of bubbles and waited for our short haul flight to London Heathrow. At about thirty minutes before the flight, we walked over to the gate down escalators to a plane just starting to board.

A Great Selection of White Wine
Red Wines

My thoughts on the Swiss Business Lounge D at Zurich International Airport:

The Concourse D Lounge was a small but adequate facility. Although up to the usual high quality of the Swiss product, it was no where near as nice as the Swiss Arrivals Lounge or the photographs that I had seen of the Shengen Swiss Lounge in Concourse A/B that I had seen. I’d encourage a visit, but perhaps not a long stay.

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