Visitors to Hong Kong International Airport can now enjoy the first fruits of Cathay Pacific's renovation of its flagship lounge The Wing.
The lower level of the lounge, which is located on the spur of Hong Kong Airport's South Concourse adjacent to gates 1-4, has re-opened following the completion of the first phase of renovations.
The new Wing is designed by London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners which also created Cathay's The Cabin at Hong Kong Airport.
Guests will see similar design elements including nine Cathay Solus Chairs (above), which are more like a self-contained workstation pod, plus a score of sofas and comfortable armchairs.
The self-serve buffet offers four choices of hot Asian and Western dishes along with cold food selections.
This lower level of The Wing also houses all 24 business class shower suites (including one for disabled users) and 26 IT workstations with individual printers.
To access The Wing's business class section you'll need to be
- travelling in business or first class on a Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or Oneworld partner flight (including Qantas and Finnair); or,
- hold Diamond status in Cathay's Marco Polo frequent flyer club (regardless of which airline you're on); or,
- hold Oneworld sapphire or emerald membership (equivalent to Qantas Frequent Flyer platinum or gold) and be travelling on any Oneworld flight.
However, the refurbished lower-level lounge is likely to become exceptionally crowded from May, when the upper level of the business lounge closes for an extensive refit lasting to the end of the year.
(The Wing's elegant first class lounge on the upper level will remain open until its own refit begins in early 2012.)
During peak periods we suggest that travellers might find more room at The Cabin, the slick new lounge (shown above) and located further along the central concourse between gates 21 and 23; or ensconce yourself in Cathay's lesser-known Gate 16 lounge, located in the north concourse, and appropriately adjacent to Gate 16.
If you've got plenty of time during your layover, catch the people-mover shuttle train to the Northern Concourse and make your way to The Pier (near gates 63-67), which some prefer to The Wing for its quieter environment and more intimate 'clubhouse' feel.
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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.