New Cathay Pacific lounges for Hong Kong, Singapore in 2017

New Cathay Pacific lounges for Hong Kong, Singapore in 2017

Cathay Pacific will roll out the welcome mat for new airport lounges in Hong Kong and Singapore in the second half of this year.

It's a slightly less hectic roadmap than 2016, which saw the Oneworld airline open its flagship The Pier Business Class lounge at Hong Kong (a partner to the chic The Pier First Class lounge) as well as long-awaited lounges at London's Heathrow T3 and Vancouver.

By mid-2017 we'll see the debut of Cathay Pacific's new-look Gate 16 lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

While the airline hasn't been able to snare any more space for the former Dragonair den, it says that the limited area will be put to better use through a more considered Ilse Crawford design and will include an iconic noodle bar.

Gate 16 and the rest of the Dragonair lounges will adopt the Cathay Pacific brand, while the regional airline itself is rebadged as Cathay Dragon.

"Our aim is to make our passengers feel like they are at home when visiting a Cathay Pacific lounge,' says Sabrina Klick, Cathay Pacific's Worldwide Lounges Manager, adding that the over-riding goal will be "to offer a consistent lounge experience."

In Q3 Cathay Pacific will reveal its first dedicated lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport, located in the newly-built Terminal 4 –  from which all Cathay Pacific flights will arrive and depart instead of the current T1.

The Cathay Pacific Singapore lounge will be located on the mezzanine level of T4, with views into the apron and runway. At some 800 square metres it will be around half the size of Cathay's The Wing First Class Lounge at Hong Kong.

Terminal 4 itself boasts the hallmarks which have made Changi one of the world’s favourite airports – plenty of room, plenty of greenery, and plenty of shops.

Many of the premium retail spots will sit behind colourful facades representing the city's old Peranakan shop-houses...

... while each of T4’s 21 gates will feature full-height glass and indoor greenery.

T4 will also have seperate arrivals and departures areas with a single security checkpoint opening into the departures floor, rather than the cumbersome system of at-gate checkpoints used in the airport's other three terminals.

 

3 Comments

  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    6 Jan, 2017 07:13 pm

    David, will you be doing a piece about the transferring procedures from T1,2,3 to T4 vv, given the change in security procedures. 

    Much is unclear.

    Example:

    Arr T4 and transiting to a flight ex-T4:
    Are you trapped in T4, given you're within the secure area? Can you still pop over to T1,2,3? Implications: Will pax using T4 not have access to the pool and other recreation/shopping facilities at T1,2,3? What is the impact to the Changi transit experience, which SIN is so famous for?

    Arr T1,2,3 and transiting to a flight ex-T4: Similar to the case above.

    Arr T1,2,3 and transiting to a flight ex-T1,2,3: Can you visit T4? Implications: If you cannot visit T4, does it mean the new CX lounge is out of bounds for OW S/E not flying CX?



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  • David Flynn

    David

    6 Jan, 2017 08:06 pm

    It'll depend largely on how relevant such an article is to our target audience of Australian business travellers – the less likely they to change terminals at Changi, the less likely we are to invest time and resources in such an article.

    At the moment the only 'premium' airline flying out of T4 is Cathay Pacific, and I suspect that very few AusBT readers would be flying into Changi on Qantas (T1) or Singapore Airlines (T3) and then transferring straight onto Cathay Pacific (T4) or vice versa... if Aussies wanted to fly to Hong Kong they'd do it direct rather than go via Singapore. So that being the case, unlikely we'd write up a transit guide per se.

    We might consider a piece on visiting the CX lounge at T4 if you're flying with another Oneworld airline (eg Qantas or BA in T1) but that's likely to have relevance only if one has quite a long layover or arrives very early for their flight.

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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    9 Jan, 2017 08:20 pm

    I've connected between CX, JL and QF at SIN 2-3 times a year for the last 7 years...
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