ANA Lounge Osaka Kansai Airport
I booked an Asiana flight leaving Osaka Kansai airport yesterday as my study tour had ended. Fellow Star Alliance member, All Nippon Airways (ANA) operate the lounge used on Asiana flights. ANA operate only a handful of lounges, primarily in the Tokyo airports, so this is one a simpler offering. This lounge only reopened approximately six weeks before I visited, so had recently seen had a refresh. Having arrived early I spent a bit of time here and found the lounge peaceful and efficient but lacked the luxuries of larger airports. I can imagine it becomes crowded before major intercontinental departures.
I took the Wing Shuttle to the international departures wing, to find an Asiana plane parked at the gate. I had arrived rather early and I would be on a later departure. The lounge is slightly back from the main concourse and the entrance has that sharp ANA styling.
The lounge itself is elongated, parallel to the concourse. The front desk is in the centre, directly to its left are drinks and food on offer with seating extending the remainder of the space. On my initial arrival there were very few people in occupancy.
I sat myself directly behind the front desk, along the large desk with power charging facilities. The view however was unfortunately limited on this side of the airport. There were quite limited aircraft movements so not much of a view besides the bridge that connects the artificial island to the mainland.
Just about every seat had power and USB charging immediately available to it. This should certainly be standard in all airport lounges and certainly seems to becoming far more common. Notably this lounge marked as mobile-phone free, which I have mixed views on. I love the quietness, however I think the concept is misguided. People talking loudly are the actual issue, and often they’re louder face to face than over the phone. Particularly in Japan people are mostly respectful regardless. Nonetheless it is a quiet lounge. The other Japanese cultural influence is putting your own plates away on the cart, no different to hotel breakfasts. It helps keep the lounge clean and tidy but a bit easier to do in a country where you grow up cleaning your own classrooms.
Having missed breakfast coming down from Kyoto, I tried some of the food on offer. While there were a decent selection of drinks, the overall food choices were few. It was hard to fill a plate but it seemed of decent quality, particularly the more Japanese items.
With the recent refresh the lounge looked clean and stylish. There was nothing wrong at all, I just wish there was more. I would have thought an airport servicing a place as big as Osaka and the greater region would have even better international premium departure facilities. It is easy to be spoiled in Tokyo. By the time my flight was ready to depart the lounge had become busy. Major international long-haul flights depart in the evening with plenty of premium passengers, so it is likely this lounge gets very small rather quickly, easily overcrowded. Fortunately it was mostly quiet this morning and I left to my departure gate for my Asiana flight onto Seoul.