Singapore Airlines’ Hong Kong and Taipei SilverKris lounges are once again open, welcoming not just SQ’s own high flyers but their Star Alliance siblings – along with Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyers if they are on a Singapore Airlines flight.
The move means Singapore Airlines’ entire first and business class lounge network is back at full strength.
The Singapore Airlines Hong Kong SilverKris Lounge, tucked away opposite gate 5 – and one level below the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge and Cathay Pacific’s The Deck – presents a familiar face to travellers, although the toilets and showers are currently closed for renovations.
And the lounge’s opening hours are also limited: at the time of writing those are 9.30am to 7pm daily, which actually rules out access for travellers on the 9.05am departure of SQ899 to Singapore – loungeworthy flyers on SQ899 are being redirected to the airport’s Plaza Premium First lounge.
With the shutters being pulled down at 7pm instead of the pre-Covid closure of 12.30am, this also rules out a stay at the Hong Kong SilverKris Lounge ahead of the evening wave of Star Alliance flights from the likes of Lufthansa, Swiss, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.
However, a Singapore Airlines spokesperson says the airline “will extend our lounge opening hours and reintroduce restroom and shower facilities in the coming months.”
Likewise, the Singapore Airlines Taipei SilverKris Lounge is open only between 11.30am to 5.45pm, which while covering covering both of Singapore Airlines’ current daily flights from Taipei also reduces the lounge options for travellers on other Star Alliance members, although of course they can still rely on the TPE Terminal 2 lounge of China Airlines.
And while the Taipei SilverKris Lounge lacks the updated design of its Hong Kong siblings, at least its bathrooms and showers are open.
Singapore Airlines’ new Perth SilverKris Lounge
As previously reported, Singapore Airlines is now counting down to the reopening of an all-new lounge at Perth at the end of this year.
The Singapore flag-carrier has taken over the space formerly used by Qantas (which now operates exclusively out of Perth’s T3 and T4 terminals).
The shift will mean more than twice as much room for Singapore-bound flyers, with seating for some 140 passengers; Singapore Airlines will also retain the shower suites of the previous Qantas lounge into the bargain.
As a bonus, its location opposite gate 52 will make the Singapore Airlines lounge a neighbour of the Air New Zealand lounge – as is the case in Sydney – in turn making it easier for business class flyers and top-tier frequent flyers to use either or both of these Star Alliance lounges before their flight.
And as you’d expect, this new SilverKris Perth lounge will sport a new look, adopting the latest iteration of Singapore Airlines’ ‘home away from home’ concept most recently seen in the fresh SilverKris lounges at Changi Airport T3.
Executive Traveller understands key features will include an expansive open design with greater variety of seating, a ‘live’ cooking station plus a larger self-serve buffet area and bar, and work-friendly ‘productivity’ pods.