Cathay Pacific, Oneworld Hong Kong lounge guide 2024

Hong Kong has long been a preferred choice for oneworld airline travelers, largely due to its status as the primary hub for Cathay Pacific.

Catering to first and business class passengers, as well as high-tier frequent flyers from numerous Oneworld member airlines such as British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, and Qatar Airways, Cathay’s lounges have been a staple in the city.

With the recent reopening of the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, passengers now have even more options and variety when traveling to or from this bustling Asian metropolis.

Looking ahead, there’s potential for an enhanced experience next year, as Cathay Pacific explores the idea of introducing a brand new ‘Flagship Lounge’ and potentially reinstating an Arrival lounge. As other airlines establish their presence in the redeveloped Terminal 2 in 2024-2025, Cathay is poised to have more space to enhance its offerings.

For now, let’s take a closer look at the loungescape in Hong Kong for Cathay Pacific and Oneworld passengers.

Pro Tip: Cathay’s Hong Kong lounges operate as ‘silent lounges,’ meaning no boarding calls are made. It’s advisable to check the walking time to your departure gate, set an alarm on your phone, or utilize apps like the Cathay Pacific App or Hong Kong Airport App. Alternatively, sit near the departures screen to stay informed about your flight.”

Cathay Pacific The Wing First Lounge

Operational from 5:30 am until the last CX departure, The Wing First is one of Cathay’s two flagship lounges, strategically situated just a minute’s walk from Hong Kong Airport’s immigration and security checkpoints, adjacent to the Cathay Pacific check-in desk.

Cathay Pacific's The Wing First Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Lounge.

Exclusively designed for first-class travelers, this deck extends a warm welcome to:

  • Cathay Pacific and oneworld first-class passengers
  • Cathay Diamond and Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers

A popular choice among visitors is The Haven restaurant, offering a diverse à la carte menu. During peak hours, the dining room bustles with activity, creating a vibrant yet bustling atmosphere.

Other highlights include the Champagne Lounge at the entrance and, if you can secure a reservation, the spacious cabana private suites featuring ‘rainforest’ showers, full-size bathrooms, and a comfortable divan for relaxation.

Cathay Pacific's The Wing First Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Lounge.

Pro Tip: If you have access to The Wing First and arrive at the airport before your flight’s scheduled departure gate is announced, enjoy a comfortable and stylish wait in The Wing. Once you receive the gate number, you can decide whether to stay or transfer to another lounge, such as The Pier.

Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Lounge

Accessible from 5:30 am until the final CX departure, the expansive Business Class Section of The Wing spans two floors, including a section adjacent to The Wing First. It is an ideal choice for eligible passengers flying Cathay Pacific and Oneworld departing from the upper level of Terminal 1, around Gate 30. This option is still available.

The Long Bar takes advantage of the 'open air' design with views of the airfield.The Long Bar takes advantage of the ‘open air’ design with views of the airfield.

As an exclusive business class lounge, The Wing extends a warm welcome to:

– Cathay Pacific and Oneworld Business Class passengers
– Cathay Gold and Oneworld Sapphire frequent fliers

Patrons can relish the lounge’s distinctive Noodle Bar and The Loft Café, featuring a buffet spread of Chinese and Western cuisine. Additionally, there are self-serve options for drinks, coffee, tea, and pastries.

Dine at the Noodle Bar.Dine at the Noodle Bar.

Cathay Pacific The Deck Lounge

Operational hours: 5:30 am to 12:30 am

The Deck, Cathay’s newest addition to its Hong Kong Lounge family, made its debut in March 2018 and swiftly gained popularity, especially for early morning departures to mainland China, leading to high occupancy.

Designated as a business class lounge, The Deck extends a warm welcome to:

– Cathay Pacific and Oneworld first-class and business-class passengers
– Cathay Diamond and Oneworld Emerald frequent fliers
– Cathay Gold and Oneworld Sapphire frequent fliers

Additionally, first-class passengers and those with Cathay Diamond or Oneworld Emerald status have the privilege of accessing The Deck as well.

Cathay Pacific's The Deck Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Deck Lounge.

Encircling the northern edge of Terminal 1, situated at the opposite extremity of The Wing, The Deck provides a vantage point overseeing Gates 6 to 9.

Its unique characteristic includes an expansive, open L-shaped terrace offering panoramic views of the airport apron, taxiway, and the northern runway.

Cathay Pacific's The Deck Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Deck Lounge.

Similar to every Cathay Pacific business class lounge, The Deck features a noodle bar where freshly crafted Asian dishes, including dan dan noodles and wonton noodles, are consistently available.

During our recent visit, the menu also featured items like chicken congee and an assortment of dim sum, such as chicken siu mai, steamed BBQ pork buns, and steamed custard buns. Additionally, Champagne Piper-Heidsieck was on offer.

Qantas Hong Kong Lounge

Operational hours from 7:30 am to 11 pm

Situated opposite Gates 5-6 and in close proximity to Cathay Pacific’s The Deck, the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is conveniently positioned near the gates typically utilized by Qantas evening flights heading back to Australia.

Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.

In Qantas terminology, this qualifies as a ‘premium’ lounge, ensuring a consistent lounge experience for all eligible visitors. The guest list comprises:

– Qantas and oneworld first class and business class travelers
– Qantas Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers, and Oneworld Emerald members
– Qantas Gold Frequent Flyers, and Oneworld Sapphires
– Qantas Club Members

As in the past, standout features encompass the Chinese Barbecue Pork Bar serving char siu and a selection of daily dishes from the à la carte menu…

Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.

…Additionally, there’s a yum cha trolley offering regional pre-flight delights like dumplings, mango tarts, and Qantas’ distinctive salt and pepper calamari.

Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.

Savor a glass of wine or a cocktail at the PS bar, and make sure not to miss the buffet, especially for the crowd-favorite caramel cheesecake.

What sets the Qantas Hong Kong lounge apart from its CX counterparts is its comfortable and inviting ambiance, maintaining a distinct ‘Australian atmosphere.’ Despite the bustling crowd, the friendly and attentive staff, many of whom are part of the original lounge team, contribute to the welcoming atmosphere.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Lounge

Operational from 5:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cathay’s The Pier first class and business lounges occupy the ‘lower’ end of Terminal 1, precisely at gates 63-65. This location makes them convenient for flights departing from gates 30 or beyond.

To reach The Pier First, you can utilize the airport’s automated people mover where T1 splits in a Y-shape. Take a right turn for a brief five-minute walk. Alternatively, you have the option of enjoying a more extended 20-minute stroll, allowing you to stretch your legs and cover the entire distance.

(For those engaging in ‘lounge hopping’ with a departure at the top of T1, be aware that the Automated People Mover operates as a one-way service without a return leg. Plan accordingly to ensure sufficient time for your return to the departure gate.)

Cathay Pacific's The Pier First Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Lounge.

A truly exquisite setting exuding charm and sophistication, The Pier First stands as the pinnacle of Cathay’s lounge redesign initiative, masterfully crafted by the renowned designer Aileen Crawford from London. Its inviting residential ambiance marks a departure from the bold commercial influences that shaped The Wing First.

Being a first-class lounge, The Pier First extends its welcome to:

– Cathay Pacific and oneworld first-class passengers
– Cathay Diamond and Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers

The majority of patrons at The Pier First indulge in a delightful dining experience within the spacious dining room. Subsequently, many choose to unwind at the bar area – particularly the distinctive horseshoe-shaped bar – for a refreshing drink or two.

Eating and drinking at Cathay Pacific's The Pier First Lounge.Eating and drinking at Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Lounge.

For an extended visit, consider booking one of the day suites. Tucked away in a serene section of the lounge, these private retreats offer an ideal setting for a short nap or complete relaxation during your stay.

Cathay Pacific's The Pier First Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Lounge.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Lounge

Operating from 5:30 am to 12:30 am, the business-class section of Cathay Pacific’s lounge, designed in the signature style of Ilse Crawford like its adjacent counterpart The Pier First, stands as the largest lounge and is undeniably one of the premier business class lounges globally.

Cathay Pacific's The Pier Business Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Lounge.

Functioning as a business class lounge, The Pier extends its hospitality to:

– Cathay Pacific and oneworld first class and business class passengers
– Cathay Diamond and Oneworld Emerald frequent fliers
– Cathay Gold and Oneworld Sapphire frequent fliers

Presently embracing a Mediterranean theme, the deli-style food hall offers pizza slices with antipasto, a selection of cold cuts at the charcuterie, and an array of deli delights. Additionally, the self-serve buffet features local dishes such as BBQ pork buns.

Cathay Pacific's The Pier Business Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Lounge.

Adjacent to that is the renowned Noodle Bar – a consistent feature in all Cathay business class lounges – now featuring roasted and BBQ pork alongside its existing menu of noodles and dim sum.

Moreover, The Pier Business introduces a distinctive tea house, providing an oasis of tranquility with a selection of Jing tea and an assortment of sweet delicacies. For those desiring something stronger, the lively bar is always at your service.

Cathay Pacific's The Pier Business Lounge.Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Lounge.

For a truly indulgent break, particularly on an extended visit, take advantage of one of the 14 shower suites or unwind on a comfortably cushioned lounger in the relaxation room. Alternatively, opt for a different form of rejuvenation with some gentle stretches in the yoga room.

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