Review: Air France / KLM Lounge, Terminal One, Munich, Germany


The Air France KLM Lounge in Munich, Germany is in the heart of a Star Alliance stronghold dominated by founding carrier Lufthansa. Today’s flight experience would have us departing from Munich’s other terminal; Terminal One. We would have a short visit to the joint SkyTeam Air France KLM Lounge prior to a short hop to another European SkyTeam hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle on an Air France Business Class flight.

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Review: Air France / KLM Business Lounge, Terminal One, Munich Franz Joseph Strauß Airport, Munich, Germany.

We booked a taxi for our trip to the airport from the Westin Grand Munich. After a 4 AM wake up, we met our driver downstairs in a Mercedes E Class Wagon. No Uber’s (Uber X or Black) were available at this hour, and I had found very patchy Uber availability from Arabella Park at most times during our stay. The regional subway S Train was not an option on this Sunday morning as the first train did not start in time for us to get to the terminal by the time that our flight closed. A quick 30 minutes and 63 € later and we were at Munich Terminal 1 filled with Transvia and all other SkyTeam members.

Checking into Air France Business Class:

There was a long line at the Air France Sky Priority check in today, with only 3 agents working all flights and two scheduled Air France / KLM departures to Paris CDG and Amsterdam Schiphol. We were headed off on Air France Business Class Munich – Paris today. This wasn’t exactly a happy place at this time of the morning (4:45 AM). . .

Skyteam Sky Priority Check In Lines
A busy Skyteam queue for Air France today
Skyteam Branding over a Busy Check In Desk

We used the Business check in line to get through security which was quite busy and had almost 100 people in line. The Germans appear to do the one -on – one approach to security screening with a discussion with each traveler prior to them giving you a bin for your articles, which seems to slow down matters quite considerably.

Early Morning Security Queues at Munich Terminal One

Locating the Air France / KLM Lounge:

After we had passed through to the secure side, we went searching for the lounge. The early coffee shop line was about 20 persons deep, making the lounge our best bet. The lounge was located adjacent to the “D” Gates in Munich Terminal One.

Air France KLM Lounge at Munich Terminal One
Map Courtesy of Munich Airport Website

After walking down the Munich Terminal One concourse, we would end up finding the lounge access next to the Duty Free Store.

Munich Terminal One Concourse
Walking the Length to Air France / KLM Lounge at the end

The Air France / KLM Lounge was located up one level through stairs, or a thin elevator to access the top floor.

Up the Stairs to the Lounge

Of course, being all things European, the actual lounge was up another 3 steps from the main upper concourse. A slight issue with those with rolling suitcases as it was another obstacle to navigate.

Another Three Stairs up to the Lounge

Accessing the Air France Lounge:

The Air France / KLM Lounge access rules are as can be expected for class of service and similar to the other airline alliances.

Guests travelling in Business Class are afforded access with no guests. Guests travelling in their La Première First Class are permitted to bring in one guest. Premium Economy and Economy guests travelling on Air France can gain access by paying a visit fee of 25 – 30 € in Europe, 30 – 50 $ USD in the United States and South America and 30 – 50 $ CAD in Canada.

Frequent travellers in the Air France Flying blue program at the elite level of Flying Blue Platinum or Gold are permitted to access the lounge in any category of travel with no guest privileges.

Access to the lounge was provided complimentary due to class of service with our AF business class ticket.


Inside the Air France / KLM Business Lounge:

The lounge was a small, dark place during our visit. It had about fifty seats, which were fairly evenly spread out. There were contemporary chairs but the overall feeling of the place was that of a small windowless but nicely appointed space with little to show in the way of personality aside from the odd dash of color. It reminded me of those unfortunate windowless conference rooms that grace office buildings.

Air France / KLM Lounge Seating
Air France / KLM Lounge Seating

The lounge seating area was split into small zones for seating of about six seats each.

Small Zones for Lounge Seating

There was the odd window to the terminal, which still made it a dark experience given our early morning visit.

Some Small Windows to the Terminal
Compact and Cosy Spaces

Surprisingly, for such a busy check in, the lounge was pretty empty and it was easy to have your pick of seats.

Food and Beverage:

At this early hour, there was a European Breakfast available. Similar to our experience at the Air France Salon Business Lounge Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2F, the catering was not super expansive or varied. Breakfast consisted of cheeses and other meats available, in addition to toast and other croissantsStrangely, there was no butter available, instead a butter and Camembert mixture for the toast and the croissant. I had a cappuccino crème, which came out black with without any crème at all.

Breakfast Service in the Lounge

There was a table section as well. I’m not usually one for sitting at tables in lounges so we found some chairs with side tables instead.

Tables and Chairs Seating

In terms of media, I was able to pick up the Wall Street Journal, which was the only English newspaper available in the lounge this morning.

After a short snack, we headed down to the gate and boarded our Air France Business Class Munich – Paris flight. The visit was highly functional and met our needs for a black coffee and a snack.

My Thoughts on the Air France Salon:

The Air France / KLM departure experience at Munich Terminal One was a pretty busy and crowded adventure. Between the lines at check in, security and the seeming over capacity of travellers compared to actual staff able to help, it seemed to be a challenging experience. The lounge had reasonable food offerings, was comfortable to sit in, and had clean fit and fixtures but it’s not a reason to get to the airport early by any means.

If you fly Air France or KLM from Munich Airport, do you visit the Air France KLM Lounge before your flight ?

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