In this post I’m going to cover:
Istanbul to Brussels (SAW-BRU) in Turkish Business Class
Brussels to Washington Dulles in Brussels Business Class
The same car service that picked us up from IST dropped us off at SAW. The cabs in Istanbul drive like bats out of hell (and made both of us very car sick every time), so a nice big van and driver with fewer dreams of becoming Jeff Gordon was an even bigger blessing than we realized–we mostly booked the service for simplicity.
SAW airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul which we didn’t have an opportunity to visit on our trip. Accounting for less time spent in traffic, it was actually only about 5-10 minutes longer of a drive than IST to the Park Hyatt. SAW is also a regional airport with fewer flights, so we probably gained that 5-10 minutes back just dealing with a smaller airport. Getting to see a little bit of the Asian side too–even just driving through on the highway–definitely made it worth it.
Unfortunately, while Turkish Airlines does have a large presence at SAW, they don’t operate their own lounge–which is a major downside given that their lounge at IST is considered among the best business class lounges in the world. At SAW, all airlines use a contract/CIP lounge beyond security. That said, for a contract lounge (which generally stink), it’s not actually terrible. [Read more...]