This review covers my visit to the Air France Business Lounge at Terminal 2G of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
Air France Terminal 2G Lounge
Although I fly regularly with Air France through Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and have held their top-tier frequent flyer status (Flying Blue platinum) for five years, I have actually never managed to visit their lounge in Terminal 2G.
When flying out of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can typically only access the business lounge in the terminal from which you depart.
However, on a recent trip to Nuremberg, my flight was finally departing from Terminal 2G, which gave me the opportunity to check out and review the Air France lounge there.
After enjoying a comfortable flight in Air France’s intra-European business class, I arrived at the non-Schengen terminal 2E.
To reach Terminal 2G from 2E at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, you must walk towards Terminal 2F, passing through passport control to enter the European Union’s Schengen Zone, and then take the shuttle bus linking Terminal 2F with 2G.
Paris CDG Terminal 2G
The bulk of Air France flights within the European Union’s Schengen Zone depart from Terminal 2F, although some flights do depart from 2G.
If your flight is operated by mainline Air France on an Airbus (A220, A320, A321), it will depart from Terminal 2F, whereas flights on their regional subsidiary Air France HOP on an Embraer (E170 or E195) may depart from either Terminal 2F or 2G.
I’ve previously reviewed Air France’s excellent Terminal 2F lounge, so feel free to read it if you want to learn more about that.
Since all flights departing from Terminal 2G are operated by smaller capacity planes, the terminal itself isn’t very large.
At times, Terminal 2G even gives the impression of being the departures hall of a provincial low-cost airport, mainly due to its unassuming design and a ceiling that resembles that of an industrial warehouse.
If you’re interested in doing some duty-free shopping, it’s better to explore Terminal 2F before taking the shuttle bus to 2G.
However, if all you need is a quiet space to sit down, you’ll likely find that Terminal 2G is much quieter than 2F, offering a wide variety of comfortable seating options and ample power sockets to charge your electronic devices.
Air France 2G Lounge entry requirements
The Air France Business Lounge is only lounge in Terminal 2G of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Passengers flying in business class on Air France or those who hold a frequent flyer status equivalent to Sky Team Elite Plus can access this lounge.
If you have Sky Team Elite Plus status you can bring one guest into the lounge.
Eligible passengers flying on Luxair to Luxembourg can also make use of this Air France lounge, as this airline also uses Terminal 2G at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
It’s also possible to buy access to the lounge, which will cost you €75 or 15,000 Flying Blue miles, with discounted entry passes for children available for €35 or 7,000 miles.
Flying Blue Silver members can receive a 25% discount if they book their lounge pass online at least 24 hours before departure.
Lounge membership cards, including Priority Pass, are not accepted at the Air France Business Lounge.
A look around the lounge
The Air France Business Lounge in Terminal 2G of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport boasts a bright and contemporary design.
Although the lounge may not be as large and beautiful as the flagship Air France lounges in Terminal 2F and Terminal 2E Hall L, the designers have made the most of the relatively small space available to them in this otherwise unassuming terminal building.
The lounge features a rectangular shape, with the majority of seating located next to the small windows offering views of the apron, while the buffet area is positioned towards the inner wall.
Thanks to the window and tarmac views, there is a lot of natural light shining into the lounge, which adds to the bright and inviting atmosphere.
The business lounge has a variety of seating options, including dining tables, high-top chairs, and comfortable sofas and lounge chairs.
Apart from some dining tables, you will find power sockets available at nearly every seat, and the Wi-Fi internet network in the lounge is fast and reliable.
The size and quality of the buffet at the Air France Lounge in Terminal 2G are comparable to the lounges in the other terminals of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
In the lounge, you can find an assortment of pastries, fruits, cheeses, cold cuts, a salad bar, a selection of hot food options, savoury snacks, and a variety of desserts and sweets.
However, during my visit in the late afternoon and early evening, the selection of hot food items was limited to just quiche and croque monsieur.
I’m unsure if this was simply an off-day with a slightly less extensive food selection or if cooked meals are usually only offered during lunch hours at this Air France lounge.
That being said, the quiche, croque monsieur, and other food items I tried were of good quality.
All the drinks, including alcohol, are self-serve at the Air France Business Lounge in Terminal 2G of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The coffee machines produce a decent cup of coffee, and the fridges are stocked with a variety of soft drinks, beers, and cans of juice.
You have the option to get a glass of water either from a water fountain or from the large jars of infused water.
Of course, you can get some quality French wine and champagne in the Air France Business Lounge, although these bottles are usually only brought out just before lunchtime.
Air France regularly rotates the wines offered in the lounge, typically providing a choice between two brands each of white and red wines.
Also the champagne on offer is frequently changed and during my visit to the Air France Terminal 2G lounge, Duval-Leroy was being served.
You can indeed find some quality alcoholic beverages in the Air France lounge, although the selection isn’t extensive and primarily centres around French liqueurs and digestifs.
However, there are exceptions such as whisky (Jack Daniel’s) and vodka (Grey Goose).
The service in the Air France Business Lounge in Terminal 2G of Paris CDG Airport was excellent, with the cleaning staff regularly walking around the room to clean up empty plates and glasses.
I also enjoyed the champagne and macaron service in the late afternoon, where one of the lounge agents went around all the tables with a small cart, offering some delicious macarons and champagne.
It certainly felt très chic and added a touch of French flair to the lounge experience.
The Air France Business Lounge in Terminal 2G offers shower facilities, and you can inquire about them at the front desk.
When I wanted to take a shower in the late afternoon a shower room was readily available.
As the shower room I was provided with was wheelchair accessible, it was indeed spacious.
Clarins hand gel, shower gel, conditioner, and shampoo are provided in refillable dispensers, and you can also find a small amenity set with a toothbrush, toothpaste, a comb, and a shaving kit.
Of course, you will find toilets as well in the Terminal 2G lounge.
Terminal 2G of Paris CDG Airport features one main waiting area with a few shops and cafes.
From this central area, two piers (one for gates G31 to G40 and one for gates G21 to G30) lead you to the actual boarding gates, where there aren’t many other facilities available.
At Terminal 2G, you either walk directly from the boarding gate over the apron to your plane, or you are bused there if your plane has a more remote parking spot.
The Air France Business Lounge in Terminal 2G of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a bright and modern space to await your flight with access to good food and free-flowing champagne.
If you have already visited another Air France lounge in a different terminal of Paris CDG Airport, you will notice that although the 2G lounge is much smaller, it is comparable to the other lounges in terms of its food and beverage offerings.
Although the 2G lounge might lack such facilities as a Clarins spa and sauna which you can find in some of the other lounges, it does feature shower rooms.
Overall, I believe the Air France Business Lounge in Terminal 2G of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport ranks well above average and is definitely worth a visit.