Review: Aviator Lounge Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5 Non-Schengen (Priority Pass & Qatar Airways)

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I passed though Stockholm on one of my Qatar Airways trips not too long ago and with various airlines currently offering some great Business Class fares out of Stockholm (and other Nordic cities) I thought it was time that I posted a review of the Aviator Lounge in the non-schengen area of Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5.

Follow this link to see the introduction to my trip including what I booked, how I booked, what I paid and what I earned

Finding The Lounge

The Aviator Lounge in the non-Schengen area of Terminal 5 is at the far end of Terminal 5 and one level up from where most of the terminal’s gates are.

a map of a airport

To find the lounge you follow the signs for gates 58 – 59 which will lead you to the far end of Terminal 5 where you’ll take a short escalator up to mezzanine level (of sorts).

Ahead of you will be signs for the gates (guiding you to the left) and a sign for the lounge guiding you to the right).

a sign with a couple of screens

The opening hours for the Aviator Lounge vary depending on the day of the week:

  • Monday 07:30 – 22:15
  • Tuesday 06:00 – 22:15
  • Wednesday 06:00 – 22:15
  • Thursday 07:30 – 22:15
  • Friday 07:30 – 22:15
  • Saturday 06:00 – 22:15
  • Sunday 08:00 – 22:15

The Aviator Lounge in Arlanda’s Terminal 5 plays host to a number of airlines (including Qatar Airways)….

a screenshot of a computer

….as well as being a Priority Pass lounge….

a sign in a room

…and a Lounge Key facility:

a desk with a computer and cards on it

If you’re not entitled to lounge entry courtesy of an airline or one of the lounge programs there’s always the option to pay to get in.

At the time of this visit these were the tariffs:

  • Adults 250 SEK
  • Children (7 – 15 years) 100 SEK
  • Children (6 and under) Free

a room with a wood floor and a wood floor

Aviator Lounge Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5

There’s a reception desk at the doors to the lounge although, if this visit is anything to go by, there may not be anyone to check you in….

a desk with a computer and a desk and a chair

…I waited around for a few minutes to see if a lounge agent would show up but eventually just walked in of my own accord.

There’s a small seating area just past the reception desk….

a room with a bench and pink poufs

….but this isn’t really part of the lounge so I’m not sure what its purpose is.

Opposite this seating area is a newsstand…..

a shelf with newspapers and candles on it

…and then, past this point, the main area of lounge opens up.

a long table with chairs and tables in a room with windows

As lounges go this is a pretty small one but it has the advantage of having floor-to-ceiling windows throughout so, during daylight hours, its light, bright and feels airy.

The lounge is set up in a “L” shape and the entrance to the lounge is at the top of the “L”.

Down the middle of the long part of the lounge are a couple of long high-tables with the food counter to one side…..

a counter with a row of chairs and a table with a few tables

a kitchen with drinks and glasses

…..followed by a couple of round high-tables leading to the bottom of the “L”:

a room with a table and chairs

The seating to the right of the high tables is a mixture of lounge chairs with small tables….

a table and chairs in a room

…..and a further high-table facing the airport apron:

a long white counter with stools and flowers in pots

a view of a city from a window

At the bottom end of the lounge (in the corner of the “L”) are some sofas and tables….

a room with a couch and a table

…..while, around the corner, is a small work area….

a room with chairs and tables

……and another pair of sofas and a small kids play area:

a room with a couch and table

Strangely, the work area is short on power outlets so the high tables are a better place to charge devices…but be sure to bring an adapter if you’re from outside Europe as all the power outlets are of the 2-pin European variety.

a close up of a wall outlet

Food & Drink In The Lounge

This visit coincided with the middle of the afternoon (approximately 3pm) so the food and drink on offer may vary if you’re visiting at a different time.

All the beverages, snacks and food items are set out buffet-style along one side of the lounge:

a buffet with food on the counter

There’s a large chiller cabinet at one end of the serving area which offers a selection of sodas, beer and water:

a glass case with drinks and cans on it

Apple juice and orange juice are on the side as are is the selection of red, white and sparkling wines:

two bottles of wine on a table

a group of bottles in a bucket

A selection of teas and a coffee machine (which can provide hot water for the teas) rounds of the beverage options:

a black and grey machine on a black surface

a box with a container of tea and other items

On this visit the food selection wasn’t particularly broad and, by and large, it was mostly cold items that were on offer.

a buffet table with food on it

Set out on the side was the following:

  • Green salad
  • Potato salad
  • Vegetarian cous cous

a bowl of salad with tongs on a table

  • Cold chicken
  • Gouda cheese

a plate of food and a bowl of rice

  • Cold turkey
  • Cream cheese with chives
  • Hummus
  • Black olives

a table with different types of food

  • A selection of breads and crackers

a table with plates and food

  • A selection of snacks (chips, nuts etc…)

a group of bowls of food

  • Small pastries and cookies

a stack of plates with cookies on it

And, rather strangely, the only hot option I saw was a dish of potato gratin:

a dish of food in a pan

I’m not sure what the gratin was meant to be paired with as, in my one and a half hours in the lounge, no other hot food items appeared.

The last thing to mention is that the lounge offers free wi-fi…but it’s the same wi-fi as you’ll find all the way around Terminal 5 so it’s fast enough for regular use but not great if you’re looking to stream video.

a sign on a table

Bottom Line

The Aviator Lounge at Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5 is a pretty basic airport lounge with a pretty limited food offering (based on this visit).

The seating was comfortable, the wi-fi was adequate for work and as long as you stick to the high tables you shouldn’t be short of power outlets.

As a place to get some work done before a flight or to relax for an hour or so the Aviator Lounge is absolutely fine….but it’s not a lounge that’s going to keep you happy on long layovers.


  1. This looked way better than it did in early evening about a year ago. The lounge was trashed. There was barely a cracker out all all wine bottles were empty. Maybe it improved in the past 18 months.

    • I’ve seen similar comments elsewhere too so you’re not alone…but most have been at least 6 months old.

      It’s possible that this is a hit-and-miss lounge which simply can’t cope during peak times (it wasn’t busy when I was there) or, as you say, perhaps the lounge has got its act together.

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