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Over the years, I have always found Helsinki a good place to transit – fast, relaxing, efficient etc. I have just struggled through a tide of humanity on a Saturday afternoon and have, based on today’s experience, fallen out of love with the place. The airport seems to be a victim of its own success, especially its Asia strategy. Trying to make my way from a Shengen gate through to passport control and onwards, I saw 5 tour groups, complete with coloured flags moving in a way that would make Nathan Road on a Sunday afternoon seem deserted. The problem is that the passenger walkways between the retail outlets are far, far too narrow. One tour group meanders, everybody meanders!!
I then arrived at the Finnair Lounge to find a queue snaking down the corridor of folk looking to get into the Business area – even the premium (Emerald) lounge was packed.
Now I have got that off my chest, I will sit back and relax while watching a 4 year old dancing to her personal karaoke on her iPad………
Its been pants for a while, particularly Schengen to non Schengen where I regularly experience bus transfers. To be fair the ensuing rush saves me from the extortionate prices in the airport, as there often isn’t time to even spend a penny.
… and that ‘s why they’ve hidden all the ” mini trolleys” too. A dozen people in front of me mid-afternoon last Thursday queuing up for the Lounge.Not like it was for sure.
Non shengen is being transformed into a shopping centre. Yippee.
If you are flying BA, try the smaller lounge called “Almost at home”, much less busy than the Finnair lounge, even if this has recentl0y been enlarged.