Each time I can afford, I treat myself by taking lounge access at airports. The lounge at the Abidjan International Airport is no exception and believe me, its a very comfortable place. Here is my review
The Felix Houphouet Boigny International Airport, Abidjan* (ABJ) is the main gateway by air in and out of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The facility is situated in the south of Abidjan, the economic capital of the country. There is only one commercial lounge.
After checking in your luggage (if you have any), head upstairs to the immigration checkpoint. After getting the exit stamp, you need to pass the security control. The lounge, (also known as Aeria Lounge or Business Lounge) is straight ahead after the duty free shop.
To recap: Check-in > Immigration > Security control > Duty Free > Aeria Lounge (Salon Business)
Access to the lounge
Because this is the only lounge open to passengers traveling out of Abidjan in the entire airport, travelers with business class or first class tickets regardless the carrier automatically have access to it. Actually, at check-in, a lounge pass to issued to qualifying passengers. They simply present that pass and their boarding pass at the front desk of the lounge.
Travelers with economy tickets can also have access to the lounge for a fee. The pass costs 30.000 FCfa, paid in the local currency. Payment by credit/debit card is accepted. Depending on the exchange rate, you will notice charges between USD 50 – 60 (or less).
The lounge pass says you’re entitled to two services at the bar. Well, the good news is, services are unlimited.
The lounge features a number of amenities including:
Spirits and liquor
A printing service (perhaps you need to printed document at your destination airport)
TVs (actually showing upcoming departures only.)
A prayer room
A Smoking area
Restrooms (NO bathrooms)
I had had the opportunity to visit this lounge twice: first with a business class pass and the second time was for a fee.
Welcoming at the front desk was cordial. The first time, the lounge was very quiet and there was a lot of free seats available. The second time I visited, it was full yet the travelers were not noisy.
There is no direct view to what is outside. You need to go to the smoking area to have a view of the tarmac. Unfortunately, I don’t think may travelers will want to do that and this is the biggest thumbs down I will give to this lounge.
The access to the lounge is pricey in my opinion. Compared to other lounges accessible at $40 or so for an all day pass, this lounge still has a lot to put together.
Another thumbs down is that you can’t have access to the lounge unless you have checked in. Unfortunately, at the ABJ, check in starts for all departing flights starts 2 hours before scheduled departure. Hence you can only really take advantage of the lounge when you’re traveling in business class.
Regardless the thumb downs, this lounge is comfortable, clean and enjoyable in a continually expanding and modernizing airport.
Below is a quick video tour of the lounge. If you like it, thanks for giving it a thumbs up or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
*ABJ is also known as the Port Bouet Airport