Cathay Pacific to reopen The Pier lounge at Hong Kong

Cathay’s flagship business class lounge will become a dedicated transit lounge.

By David Flynn, November 12 2021
Cathay Pacific to reopen The Pier lounge at Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific will unlock the doors of The Pier Business lounge at Hong Kong next week as the airport's main terminal is split into seperate zones for passengers flying to mainland China and those in transit at the airline's hub.

The new arrangement is seen as another sign that the Chinese government will soon reopen its border with the city and allow quarantine-free travel, even if on a initially restricted basis.

Under the plan, which will come into effect from November 15, Hong Kong International Airport will be effectively divided into 'domestic' and 'international' zones, with Gate 24 – about one-third of the way along Terminal 1's concourse – serving as a hard dividing line between two physically walled-off zones.

Gates 1 though 24 would sit in a 'green zone' for flights to the Chinese mainland, with travellers able to access The Wing First lounge.

Cathay Pacific's The Pier Business lounge will reopen for transit passengers.
Cathay Pacific's The Pier Business lounge will reopen for transit passengers.

Gates 25 though 71 would be declared an 'orange zone' and dedicated to flights headed elsewhere on Cathay Pacific's international network, which now mainly relies on passengers in transit due to Hong Kong's strict entry requirements and quarantine periods as the city mimics the mainland's 'Covid zero' eradication policy.

Those travellers will see The Pier Business lounge become their new dedicated transit lounge, replacing The Wing Business lounge, which under the terminal's segregation plan will sit in the 'green zone' for flights to China.

The Wing Business will once again close, with all lounge-worthy travellers on the way to China being welcomed at The Wing First.

Cathay Pacific's The Wing First lounge will be dedicated to travellers bound for mainland China.
Cathay Pacific's The Wing First lounge will be dedicated to travellers bound for mainland China.


"Eligible passengers transiting through Hong Kong, and those starting their journey from Hong Kong and travelling to any destination other than the Chinese Mainland, are invited to relax and unwind at the lounge," Cathay Pacific advises.

"Please note that once passengers enter the departure zone for flights to destinations other than the Chinese Mainland or The Pier, Business, they will not be able to enter The Wing First."

Executive Traveller understands there are currently no plans to reopen The Pier First lounge.

While Hong Kong pushes towards reopening its travel ties with mainland China, the city is not expected to open more generally to global travel until the middle of 2022, a member of chief executive Carrie Lam's Executive Council said in an interview on November 8.

"We maybe need half a year or so to develop an adequate vaccination rate, especially among the older people," predicted Lam Ching-choi, who is also part of the government’s working group on vaccinations.

"Hopefully by then, we have opened up the border with China and we might have conditions favorable to open up the border to other places."

JA
JA

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Jul 2013

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David any idea whether the showers in the pier will be open? 

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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Not really a draw card to fly CX next year from plats and higher unless the Pier First lounge is there and open for those longer transits.


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