The national men’s rugby team (24 guys), their coaching staff (3), manager (1) and the media (me) fly to Korea today on PAL 468 to Incheon airport. Last night I had a brilliant idea: national team, national airline, maybe PAL could admit the guys to the business lounge where they could be more comfortable and have a light lunch?
Can’t hurt to ask. I called my very efficient PAL contact, who forwarded my request to the people in charge.
She got back to me a couple of hours later. Unfortunately there is only one lounge in NAIA Terminal 2 and they can’t accommodate all 29 people because the regular business class passengers might be dislodged. However, they could admit the entourage.
I arrived at the airport at 12 noon and was having my passport stamped when the team arrived. By then there were long queues everywhere. I proceeded to the Mabuhay Lounge and saw this.
The larger inner room and the smaller outer room were also nearly empty.
I called my contact and asked again. Couldn’t the national team sit in the lounge of the national airline in the national airport?
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For the record the team does not have a problem with the lack of privileges accorded them. I have a problem with the lack of privileges accorded them.
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