Cathay Pacific reopens The Pier lounge at Hong Kong

Cathay’s flagship business class lounge is back, as Hong Kong lifts flight bans and transit travel slowly returns.

By David Flynn, April 13 2022
Cathay Pacific reopens The Pier lounge at Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific has unlocked the doors of The Pier Business lounge at Hong Kong, the largest lounge at the airline’s HK hub, following the recent lifting of bans on flights from Australia and eight other countries.

The Pier Business will now serve as a dedicated transit lounge for travellers flying through Hong Kong but not leaving the airport, as well as those starting their journey from Hong Kong and travelling to any destination other than the Chinese Mainland (who will continue to be accommodated at The Wing First lounge).

The Pier Business lounge will open daily from 5.30am to the last Cathay Pacific departure, and will roll out the welcome mat for just about every lounge-worthy passenger, including

  • First and business class travellers on Cathay Pacific and partner Oneworld airlines
  • Marco Polo Club Diamond, Gold and Silver frequent flyers, their Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire equivalents
  • Marco Polo Club Green members holding lounge passes
Cathay Pacific has closed The Pier Business lounge as HK travel restrictions bite.
Cathay Pacific has closed The Pier Business lounge as HK travel restrictions bite.

The Pier Business and The Wing First remain the only Cathay Pacific lounges open at Hong Kong, with The Pier First, The Wing Business and The Deck still closed.

As previously reported, Cathay has permanently closed The Bridge lounge, which joins Qantas’ own Hong Kong lounge on the cut list at what was once a buzzing Asian air travel hub.

Qantas, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have all pushed back their plans to restart Hong Kong flights, despite the Asian financial hub easing up on pandemic-related rules for airlines and travellers.

However, tourism to the once-vibrant destination is unlikely to resume for some time.

Outgoing city chief executive Carrie Lam has recently highlighted her desire to see Hong Kong move steadily towards the eventual resumption of quarantine-free travel after the current fifth wave of the pandemic subsides.

In a letter sent by Lam to Hong Kong’s International Business Committee on March 18, and reported by online news outlet HK01, Lam said “as soon as the fifth wave stabilizes, the government will spare no effort in relaunching Hong Kong on all fronts.”

Once the fifth wave is under control, preferably after mass testing contains any lingering routes of transmission, “we will certainly have plans or a pathway to open up Hong Kong again for our own people and for the international travel,” Lam said.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 322

Shame the Pier First isn't open Wing First is good for the canabas, the self serve champagne, but no slumber rooms like the Pier First  The business lounges are good compared to Qantas' offerings but a bit mwah compared to their First siblings Cathay Business is a bit mwah but Cathay First is up there with the greats like Qatar and Lufthansa, All Nippon and Swiss, much better than SQ and QF First

Well, you want to know why CX isn't opening The Pier First? Due to very low passenger numbers it doesn't need to and it can't afford to. Some frequent flyers seem to always just think about themselves and have a whinge rather than apply a little perspective and common sense.

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

20 Jun 2013

Total posts 50

Great to see the Pier re-opening and even the business class version has some quiet lie down space at the far end. Now hopefully I will get to travel again soon!

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