I also have frequent international travel out of AKL. Security is very hit and miss. Some of the staff are not very good at keeping track as to who as gone through the WTMD. Result is sometimes get through WTMD very quickly only to wait as several to dozens of bags go through before yours finally appear on the other side.I have had the exact opposite experience. I am flying out of Auckland every week at the moment and I think the new security scanning machines are excellent. Each machine gives about 5 separate people their own space to load up trays (nice big trays - take not some other airports!) and proceed at their own pace without having to wait for the person ahead who has to ask whether each of their various 1 gallon bottles of toiletries is acceptable, thereby avoiding the hold-ups that are typical at many other airports.
I've been closest to the scanner twice and had to wait 3 minutes to get my tray on because trays from the 4 bays to your right (or left) get on and the staff are so clueless they push them ahead without seeing the pax in bay 1. Since then I've taken the last or 2nd last bay and breezed through every time.The trick is to get to a bay near the scanner, preferably the last one before it
Since QF announced its refurb, AKL has managed to completely re-do departures security, duty-free, establish multiple (useless) shops, and create a whole new area around gate 16. The EK lounge also expanded despite its flights being cut in half. I think QF is responsible here.Yes, that is one tired lounge. However I cannot help to feel that its upgrade is forced in timeline with all the renovations that Auckland Airport is doing. Maybe that is wrong, and the QF lounge isn't moving anywhere soon and up to QF to sort out doing it themselves.
When it comes to anything at Auckland Airport, what I have seen over the past 10 years - progress is slow. And you never know what is going to be new the next time you land.
Yep but security is worse than it was before and those shops are totally useless, I agree with that!Since QF announced its refurb, AKL has managed to completely re-do departures security, duty-free, establish multiple (useless) shops, and create a whole new area around gate 16. The EK lounge also expanded despite its flights being cut in half. I think QF is responsible here.
Haha, yes- the Lanson has been back for a few weeks now. It was really strange: It used to ALWAYS be Lanson for many years (close to a decade, from memory). Then, suddenly, late last year, they had different champagne brands but ran out of it all the time. And then, for a month or two there was none. But staff swore teeth and nails that there had never been "French champagne" in that lounge while it always always used to be available.
There is stall a shower available, just head a little to the left rather than turning right toward the mens.The F lounge area shower (male atleast) has been out of order for a long time. There is really no tangible difference between the lounges. Both are pretty crappy.
Oh that’s interesting. I saw this and checked the app for my next AKL departure in a few weeks. Lo and behold : Business Lounge. I may well give the Strata Lounge a go rather than endure the depths of Hell that is AKL J. At least I’ll get decent food.So, I’m transiting through AKL in a few weeks to SCL (QF metal to AKL then LA to SCL)
I’ve just noticed the app is now saying “Relax in the International Business Lounge” for the AKL stop, where I’m sure a few months ago it said International First Lounge. SYD is still showing First so it’s not like it’s mixed up my status.
Last time I was in AKL I was only SG. Is there any tangible difference with the FLounge? What’s the shower situation?
The app has said this for a couple of weeks now, I got the same. But when you get there, they still invite you into the same old tired "First" lounge. I first thought "Oh wow, the renovation must have finally begun" but alas, no sight of this yet. I suspect it's simply a bug!I’ve just noticed the app is now saying “Relax in the International Business Lounge” for the AKL stop, where I’m sure a few months ago it said International First Lounge. SYD is still showing First so it’s not like it’s mixed up my status.
The EK lounge is still way better than the Qantas dungeon which I assure you hasn't changed the slightest since you've last been over here. "Pretty grubby" is a vast understatement for this horrible "lounge".Eeek - looks pretty grubby, the Qantas lounges really are hit and miss! Haven't been in Auckland for many years but have enjoyed the Emirates lounge a couple of times which was great at the time.