Costa @ the Airport

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/07/Costa%40Khi%20Airport-thumb.jpgTaking a flight out of Karachi one early morning I was surprised to see that Costa Coffee had opened a kiosk at the departure lounge of Jinnah international Airport. I have been told that similar kiosk has also been opened up in the International louge to cater to the passengers embarking opn the long haul flights out of Karachi.

The smell of coffee is quite refresing and lends the entire area a pleasant smell it most importantly serves as a good source of refreshment for the tired and weary passengers (lets also not forget coffee addicts like myself) who would love the opportunity to have a good cup of coffee just before embarking on their flight out of Karachi. Its a good development.

On a side note, the other interesting thing I saw was a mobile charging kiosk setup by Mobile Zone at a convenient place in the terminal, which had chargers available for practically every mobile phone allowing passengers to quickly top up battery packs just before departure

22 Comments so far

  1. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    We should have a kiosk of biryani also :)

    So that as soon as we land our beautiful country we can have delicious food lol..


  2. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

    Bro Teeth, dont drink too much of the coffee otherwise your teeth will catch germs soon.


  3. JAY (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    When is starbucks being launched? i heard they had planned to open up in karachi..


  4. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

    I miss too much tea over here and fed up of drinking coffee daily in the office (as their is no option of tea) …. and you guys seems to be fond of coffee in a warm city like Khi ? oh thats too much.


  5. Rukun (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    Some people wont like the heavy asian spices laden smell of biryani. ofcourse it will be a hit amongst the majority


  6. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

    Rukun, you are wrong my friend, these white and black Americans like very much the smell of biryani, as whenever I macrowave it, they cant stop themselves saying,
    “wow … something smells really good”
    If it is not too hot most of them would like to eat biryani, but as far as smell is concern most of them love it.

    You are right in a way that for them the smell of our other food like Nihari or Qorma and stuffs is too strong for them so thats why they cant breath it.


  7. dan (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    How much does Mobile Zone charge to use their chargers?


  8. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

    @KhiTorPit:
    aaja umar bohat hai choti
    apne ghar mein bhi hai roti

    Translation:
    Come back, life is short
    Here, we have paratha for you

    Regards,
    S


  9. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    Mobile Zone offers this service for free as I saw approximately 20-25 chargers dangling in the stand and anyone could walk up plug their phone in and leave it to charge occupying a seat nearby

    I think its a great initiative and a brilliantly simple idea to promote their brand


  10. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

    Thats good to know you can finally get coffee at the airport!


  11. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    @khitorpit
    no option for tea!!! which part of america are you?
    We get Tapal, Lipton, Earl Gray and all sorts of flavored tea here plus Starbucks and Argo both have tea on their menus


  12. Syed Johny r (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

    hmm we should have spots like these !

    But not like Macdonalds it looks like they have special prevelage there !!!! a whole separate building for a Restaurant of a Foreign franchise , right at your face when u land??? I dont think thats good!


  13. FARAZ (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    Why would you want to drink coffee before boarding a flight? Wouldn’t you want to try to sleep through the long flight on the plane?

    P.S. Sorry TM, after smelling coffee for so many, I am not fond of the smell.


  14. atif abdul rahman (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

    there should be a khan’s dhoodh patti dhaaba inside the departure lounge as well…

    now that smells good.


  15. Farhan (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    For those with Nokia’s new phones , the needle size pin ones , you will need an adapter to use the Kiosk , beside it does not even have newer Samsung chargers . about the Coffee it’s good , but no one is there to buy it , bhai not everyone can afford Rs 250/- Mocha Flake MAssimo , but it does taste good in the mornig , I know it cause I was there yesterday to catch 6:30 for Faisalabad


  16. zee (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 7:36 am

    The mobile recharger kiosks are old news. They don’t have the chargers that support the new Nokia and other manufacturers products.

    As for Costa. It’s nice to have that in Airport. They’ll enjoy a greay cup of coffee and hey not to mention, due to the security reasons, it may be their last :s


  17. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 10:23 am

    250 Rs for a coffee ?? Very expensive when you think you can get very decent tea in 5-7 rs generally any where.


  18. mansoor (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    heard about this on the radio, dont have any flights in the meanwhile, so haven’t checked it out.

    whats the price differential doc?


  19. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

    They RIP you off at the airport for everything you want to use inside the terminal building be it domestic or international.

    200+ for a cup of coffee, is way TOOOO FQIN Much.

    Starbucks inside Dubai Airport lounge charges less then AED 10 (1AED = Rs. 16.5) for a Treat. Whereas outside in town Starbucks is mucho expensive,

    :D


  20. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    @Ahmed, plz read it carefully I didnt say that tea is not available in US, I was talking about my office.

    @Salman, I’ll be back one day inshallah. and haan the translation was really good :)

    @Farhan, unbeleivable RS 250 is way tooo much for a coffee, even if I will convert the price into rupees then also its not that much expensive in US also.

    My vote is still for a kiosk of biryani and as Atif mentioned Khan’s doodh patti, hhhmmm that would be mind blowing.


  21. Kashif-x (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    Leave your mobile on the charger for 5 minutes, and when you come back the mobile is gone zap !

    No charge for that !


  22. Syed Johny (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

    Lolz! @ Kashif !

    This will happen anywhere in the whole world!!! what do you think ? if you leave your cellfone in public ! it will be safe??

    sorry dude 1 [:p]



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