Cathay Pacific will close its popular but often overcrowded arrivals lounge at Hong Kong Airport on Monday November 5 as the airport gears up to redevelop its two terminals.
The lounge was a handy perk for premium passengers – including first and business class, Marco Polo Club Gold and Diamond members, and oneworld Emerald members such as Qantas Platinum card-holders – arriving on Cathay's morning flights.
This includes very early morning arrivals, including the overnight CX138 service from Sydney, which often lands well before its scheduled 5am slot when even the Airport Express train to the city hasn't started running.
It's not the worst spot to grab a quick breakfast and catch up on overnight emails and news before heading into the city, although the lounge is often 'standing room' only, with queues and hour-long waiting lists for the eight shower suites.
Cathay Pacific doesn't have an alternative lounge arrangement in place, although if you're keen on the arrivals lounge concept it would be worth checking out the Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge located directly opposite Cathay Pacific's arrivals lounge, which can be accessed via Priority Pass membership or flashing your AMEX Platinum Charge Card at the door.
The Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge has buffet fare along with a noodle bar where staff prepare meals on request.
There are also showers, although we suggest booking a shower suite as soon as you arrive to avoid lengthy waiting times.
A spokesman for Cathay Pacific tells Australian Business Traveller that "options for an alternative location (for the arrivals lounge) are limited and not suitable."
However, "to help our Marco Polo Club members feel rejuvenated after arrival on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights in Hong Kong, we have partnered with Pure Fitness where Diamond and Gold members will be offered complimentary one-day access to either Pure Yoga or Pure Fitness in Hong Kong up to 12 times per year."