Review: Turkish Airlines Elite Plus & Business Lounge, Domestic (IST)

Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Domestic Terminal Istanbul Airport

Date of visit: March 28, 2017

Location: Domestic Terminal
Access: Business class passengers; Miles&Smiles Elite Plus members
Opening hours: Daily, 5am to 1am

Lounge Signage

Turn left for the THY Domestic CIP Lounge


Lounge seating

Lounge seating

Work & Entertainment

Business center with 4 PCs and a printer

Media section




Drinks corner with coffee, tea, mineral water, 2 kinds of juices (orange and cherry), etc.

Main buffet area

Dining area

Breakfast buffet spread (Turkish cuisine)

Sweet cookies and salted

Pastry with cheese

Lentil soup 😋

Toilet & Lavatory

Gentlemen's toilet

Gentlemen's toilet

Flight Monitors

Mobile Charging Station


View of the apron

View of the parking area


Last week, I was able to visit the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge in the Domestic Terminal in Istanbul Airport. It was actually a long walk (from the Metro station) and once you reach the lounge section, take the elevator one level down, the receptionist will direct you to the left (for security controls) which is exclusive for business class passengers and those with Turkish Airlines Elite Plus status. Those with Elite and Classic Plus status will otherwise be directed to the right of the reception, which is the Elite Lounge. I thought the lounge was very nice although if I have to compare the food offering with Malaysia Airlines' Golden Lounge in Kuala Lumpur, I would say that the latter has a better offering. There's a media room, a business corner and mobile charging units inside the lounge although there is no shower room, or at least I did not see one. As this lounge is not connected to the main terminal, all passengers are driven in a bus to the aircraft which pretty much reminds me of the Lufthansa First Class Terminal 👍 Overall, this is very nice for a domestic lounge although the food offering could be better.

Related Posts:

Review: Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge, Domestic (KUL)

Review: Air France Lounge Hall 3, Paris Orly Airport (ORY)