China - Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
- The Noodle Bar
- The Long Bar
- No showers
- Gets very busy and very crowded
- Made-to-order food with bartender service
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Business at Hong Kong airport is one of the airline’s two flagship business class lounges – the other being The Pier Business, located at the other end of HKG Terminal 1.
If you’re jetting out of Hong Kong in business class with Cathay Pacific or one of its Oneworld partner airlines (including British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways and Qantas), or hold Oneworld Sapphire status, and your flight departs from the low-numbered gates at the top end of T1, The Wing Business is likely to be on your lounge list.
Alternatives include Cathay’s The Deck and the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, both located at the other side of T1 near gates 5-9 – but if you’re checking in at the Cathay Pacific counters then The Wing Business is the most convenient.
Location & Impressions
Once through passport control at T1’s south departures zone (closest to the Cathay check-in counters), head downstairs and follow the signs to Gates 1-4: you'll spot The Wing Business on your left as you approach those gates.
The Wing Business lounge’s layout may initially befuddle visitors: while the reception desk is on the same ground floor as the departure gates, you head upstairs to enter the lounge proper.
That’s because The Wing Business was initially split across two levels, with the ‘downstairs’ area containing 24 private shower suites and an ‘IT Zone’ for working.
However, that space has been since been handed back to the Hong Kong airport operators – and yes, this means The Wing Business no longer has any showers. More on that later…
As a result, upstairs is where it’s all happening at The Wing Business, and for most of the day and night there’s a lot happening here.
This can be an exceptionally busy lounge, so your first order of business should be to grab a seat.
Thankfully there are plenty of options in that department, from comfortable armchairs to banquette nooks, padded stools for perching at The Long Bar and somewhat-cramped ‘personal workstation’ booths – and that’s without even considering the benches and booths in The Noodle Bar dining area.
The Wing Business also tends to be on the noisier side due to the predominance of ‘hard’ materials on floor, walls and even the low marble-clad tables, compared to the ‘softer’ design of The Pier lounges.
The Wing Business is open to a very wide range of travellers:
- Business class and first class passengers of Cathay Pacific and its Oneworld partners
- Cathay Silver, Gold and Diamond members
- Oneworld Sapphire and Oneworld Emerald members (such as BA Silver & Gold, Qantas Gold & Platinum etc)
- Cathay Lounge Pass holders
Also on that list are eligible travellers on partner airlines beyond the Oneworld alliance, such as Air New Zealand flights from Hong Kong (in which case, this covers business class passengers plus Airpoints Elite and Gold frequent flyers).
The Wing Business has three main dining areas.
The Noodle Bar is the main drawcard, with freshly-prepared dim sum such as steaming pork, chicken or red bean paste bao buns along with staples like classic wonton noodles (with prawn and pork dumplings) and the slightly spicier Shanghainese-style dan dan mien noodles with peanut sauce.
Place your order, grab a small puck-like buzzer and get ready to enjoy some great noodles.
Off to the side of the noodle bar itself is a small self-serve spread of hot dishes from Fukien fried rice (with roast duck, chicken, shrimp and vegetables) to pork ribs with dark vinegar, sui mai and vegetable dumplings.
A more extensive buffet with hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, wraps and desserts can be found in the main part of the lounge.
Tucked away behind The Long Bar and overlooking gate 4 is The Coffee Loft, an ‘outdoor’ terrace with barista-pulled coffee plus cafe-style snacks and treats (sadly, The Coffee Loft was closed when Executive Traveller visited The Wing Business lounge in May 2023).
Fast free-flowing WiFi is pretty much a given for any airport lounge, and that includes Cathay’s (password-protected) network here.
While there’s no longer a dedicated working area downstairs, The Wing Business has a clutch of bespoke ‘Solus’ chairs which are like a personal workstation wrapped in curved privacy shells.
Each of these has its own AC outlet (but not a USB port) next to a table where you can comfortably park a small laptop, or sit with your phone or tablet recharging while you do likewise with a drink or a snack.
However, some travellers find sitting in a Solus station to be on the squeezy side.
There’s no dedicated ‘quiet zone’ in The Wing Business, and with the downstairs area now taken back by the airport authority there aren’t any showers.
While The Wing Business has lost a little of its edge over time, and now sits behind The Pier Business as Cathay’s best business class lounge in Hong Kong, it’s still a solid choice if your flight is leaving from the nearby gates.
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