We made it to the airport in Erbil in plenty of time, and soon were through the several layers of security and in the check-in area. There was a vehicle-check, an x-ray in a building a couple hundred metres from the terminal, and then finally another layer before getting into the terminal. Oh, not to mention another layer before getting into the “gate” area.
Check-in was completely uneventful, but unfortunately Austrian didn’t have any sort of lounge here for business passengers. I’m not sure if this is the first time I’ve been on an inter-continental flight in business class without a lounge, but it was what it was. Managed to get a couple of Diet Cokes and a can of Pringles in the small cafe in the gate area, and soon we were boarding the flight to Vienna.