Cathay Pacific turns The Wing into a transit-only lounge

Both wings of The Wing are back, but the first class lounge is only for travellers departing from Hong Kong.

By David Flynn, August 26 2021
Cathay Pacific turns The Wing into a transit-only lounge

Cathay Pacific has fully reopened The Wing first class and business class lounge precinct at Hong Kong, but will use the two lounges to seperate passengers departing Hong Kong from those in transit at the airline's hub.

The Wing First will be for "passengers starting their journey from Hong Kong," the airline now states, while the larger The Wing Business lounge is set aside for "passengers transiting through Hong Kong."

Both lounges open at 5.30am, in time for the first Cathay Pacific flights of the day.

Despite each class of traveller having their own dedicated lounge, there's no mention of passengers being separated across the rest of the airport, as was introduced at Singapore's Changi Airport.

Cathay shuttered all of its Hong Kong lounges in April 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, with The Wing lounges the first to reopen.

Its flagship The Pier First and Business lounges remain closed, as as does The Deck, the airline's most recently-opened lounge near gate 6, at a part of the terminal extensively used for flights to mainland China.

Earlier this week Cathay Pacific confirmed The Bridge lounge – nestled between gates 35-36 of the airport's West Concourse, just before the terminal split into north and south piers – would remain permanently closed.

Also read: Cathay Pacific’s new Boeing 777-9 first, business class in development


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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So otherwise eligible passengers who are transiting through HK will be actively turned away from the first lounge? How is this acceptable?

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Is transiting from London via Hongkong going to Manila, Philippines allowed now boarding Cathay Pacific Airlines?

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