- A large space with a modern, functional design
- Dining area with a broad selection of food and a tended bar
- Much busier than the smaller 'East' Prestige Lounge
- Limited selection of drinks and hot food
- Relaxation rooms, massage chairs and fast WiFi
As part of Korean Air's move to Seoul Incheon Airport's Terminal 2 in 2018, the airline took the opportunity to open a swathe of new lounges, with the 400-seat Prestige Lounge West the largest of them all.
Australian Business Traveller takes you through what is now Korean Air's flagship international business class lounge at its home hub airport, to see how it fares for business travellers on a busy weekday.
Location & Impressions
After clearing security and entering the centre of Terminal 2, head right and look for the escalators going up to 4F, and specifically the KAL Prestige Lounge West.
Keep walking along the upper concourse and you'll see the entrance on the right-hand side, near gate 249.
Immediately after the reception, there are secure lockers for your bags and coats.
Moving through, you'll find the lounge is essentially one large room, split into distinct zones by wooden panelling.
Walking around counter-clockwise, there's a wide and generally under-utilised TV room...
... a hallway to the bathrooms and shower areas...
... then the dining area, complete with a tended bar...
... before finishing off in the far end of the lounge, which has more general seating, a female-only bathroom and nursing room, and a relaxation area beyond the blue glass.
- Business class passengers of Korean Air and its SkyTeam alliance partners Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, KLM and XiamenAir on flights from Terminal 2, along with former SkyTeam member China Southern by special arrangement.
- SkyTeam Elite Plus frequent flyers travelling with any of the SkyTeam airlines above (China Southern excluded).
- China Southern Sky Pearl Club Gold members prior to China Southern flights only.
- Korean Air Morning Calm Premium Club and Million Miler Club members travelling in economy.*
- Korean Air Morning Calm Club members using one of their four lounge access passes per membership cycle.
- Other Korean Air Skypass members who purchase a Korean Air Lounge Award for 4,000 Skypass miles per visit.
*Million Miler Club and Morning Calm Premium Club passengers travelling in Korean Air's Prestige Class (business) cabin can instead access the higher-tier Miler Club Lounge instead.
Our mid-morning visit saw lunch being rolled out. Each option is repeated on either side of the counter, which cuts down on queuing.
Hot food options were predictably all Asian dishes, such as fried rice, and tangsuyuk – that's Korean sweet and sour crispy pork.
Chilled options included sandwiches and salads...
... all of which made for a perfectly acceptable light lunch.
Peckish passengers can also avail of the instant noodles, which you cook yourself with the hot water.
The bar nearby has just three spirits on offer, although one of them is the relatively upmarket Rémy Martin XO cognac.
Wine drinkers have a choice of a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon or an Australian NSW Chardonnay.
Beer is on tap at the bar too, or for something more interactive, try the beer dispensers in the main dining area.
Disappointingly, water is provided in wasteful airline-sized packs rather than from filtered water taps.
Three Coca-Cola varieties and some juices are self-serve...
... as are coffees from a machine, and standard Lipton teas.
The main hallway leading to the lounge has some working desks, offering views into the terminal...
... while these solo chairs provide plenty of privacy and even have wireless charging built into the armrests (look for the white light, circled in red).
If you're sitting in the lounge proper, universal plugs can be found practically everywhere, such as in between seats...
... or in the circular 'centrepieces' in different areas of the lounge, which also have AC and USB power.
If you can work silently without disrupting others (such as taking phone calls or typing away loudly), then some of the relaxation areas described below might also be suitable for productivity, away from the noise of the main lounge.
As expected in most major airports, WiFi in this lounge was quite fast at 60 Mbps down and 71 Mbps up – more than sufficient for most business uses.
Behind the blue glass at the end of the lounge (pictured above) is a relaxation room: one of those spaces equally perfect for unwinding or working quietly.
There are individual cubicles with a small table and lamp...
... or for something more indulgent, sink into one of these massage chairs.
Finally, there are two 'family rooms' near the buffet area, which provide a semi-private space to watch TV and relax. Just note that people outside can still easily see into the room when the lights are on.
When the lights are off, these rooms are practically invisible from the main lounge. Look for a wall of glass with a touch-panel for opening the sliding door.
The bathrooms are elegant and modern with touches such as electronic toilets, and the shower rooms are pre-stocked with the usual towels and amenities:
... and the showers themselves have a rainfall head and separate removable head, along with basic shampoo and body wash dispensers (but no conditioner).
Overall, this is a relatively solid business class lounge that should fulfil the needs of most business travellers without too being exceptional, although the selection of food and beverages could be expanded to better-reflect the lounge's position as Korean Air's flagship international business class lounge in its home hub.
It did get quite busy around lunchtime, though not uncomfortably crowded. In comparison, the nearby Prestige Lounge East, which is half the size of this one, was considerably quieter around the same time and still had all the same food, beverage and amenities found in the Prestige Lounge West.
If your gate is in the 250s or higher, the Prestige Lounge East might be a better option for you instead.
Brandon Loo travelled to Seoul at his own expense using frequent flyer points.