On a trip to Georgia, I had the chance to try the Primeclass Lounge at Tbilisi International Airport. Here was my experience.
Above the very busy check-in counters at Tbilisi International Airport in Georgia, the Primeclass Lounge welcomes business class flyers and Priority Pass members after immigration and security and before Duty-Free. The airport website lists both a Departures and Arrivals Primeclass lounge with Arrivals on the lower floor.
At 3 AM, the check-in counters were overflowing with some lines extending to the exterior doors, and the departure hall bustling as well for the early morning flights.
Business class passengers on major carriers should have lounge access included. For my flight, I was traveling on Lufthansa in a premium cabin and most alliance carriers appear to use the same lounge for passengers. Those who hold Priority Pass (Select or standard) have access as well, cards are checked at the door along with boarding passes. No in-lounge announcements are made, but airport-wide departure adjustments are made on the speakers.
Staff was limited so there was a slight wait to get checked in.
Food and Beverage
The lounge offered a variety of hot food items and cold deli plates as well as desserts and pastries including cheese khachapuri. THe food was decent, the khachapuri should not be missed.
Alcoholic drinks are available behind a bar, though during my visit it wasn’t staffed. I would have liked to try the coffee but this was also behind the counter. I have no doubt that had I asked a staff member for something behind the bar, someone would have fixed me a drink. There were plenty of other complimentary drinks, sufficient for my visit and self-serve.
Two sides of the lounge offered seating for guests and it was very full ahead of the early morning outbound flights. I struggled to find a seat but did find a single near a table that allowed me to eat and set down my things. Do not count on power plugs as they were in limited supply. Even where seats appear to be open, these were occupied by guests who were getting food, or in the restroom as indicated by seatmates and their luggage.
Most guests will want to wait until right before their flight is scheduled to board. Many flights were departing near the same time but would wait until after their stated boarding time to begin pre-boarding. My flight left on time but boarded 15 minutes late. I recommend not leaving the lounge until right at the stated boarding time even when traveling in a premium cabin that allows entry at the first boarding group.
The Primeclass Lounge was certainly better than spending time at the crowded boarding area, but if airport traffic was light, I wouldn’t go out of my way to return. The food was fine, but space was limited and there might have been better power port access in the terminal.
What do you think? Have you visited the Primeclass Lounge in Tbilisi, Georgia? How was your experience?