Hong Kong is one of the best airports in the world in terms of the quality of alliance lounges. In particular, oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members are used to having access to a bunch of awesome lounges.
Well, it looks like that is changing soon.
Cathay Pacific temporarily closing three lounges
As of February 17, 2020, Cathay Pacific will be closing three lounges at Hong Kong International Airport until further notice:
- The Pier First Class Lounge (oneworld Emerald)
- The Bridge Business Class Lounge (oneworld Sapphire)
- The Deck Business Class Lounge (oneworld Sapphire)
Cathay Pacific Pier First Class Lounge
With this change, the following Cathay Pacific lounges will remain open:
- The Wing First Class Lounge (oneworld Emerald)
- The Wing Business Class Lounge (oneworld Sapphire)
- The Pier Business Class Lounge (oneworld Sapphire)
Cathay Pacific Wing First Class Lounge
There’s also a Qantas Business Lounge in Hong Kong, which is operating as usual, as far as I know.
Qantas Business Lounge
There are some other solid lounge options in Hong Kong, including:
- The Amex Centurion Lounge, which can be accessed by those with The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (review)
- The Plaza Premium First Lounge, which can be accessed with a Priority Pass membership plus a co-pay (or through LoungeBuddy)
Plaza Premium First Lounge
This comes as Cathay Pacific is cutting capacity
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but the reason Cathay Pacific is closing half of their Hong Kong lounges is because of huge route cuts that they’re making due to decreased demand.
Cathay Pacific recently announced that they’re cutting 30% of their flights, and all employees are being asked to take three weeks of unpaid leave.
Cathay Pacific is cutting a bunch of routes
Closing half of lounges with 30% flight cuts seems aggressive, though I’m guessing even the flights that are operating are much emptier than usual. Furthermore, The Pier and The Wing are the biggest business class lounges.
Just as the airline is reducing seat capacity, I guess it’s logical enough that they’re also trying to reduce lounge capacity to cut costs.
I’m partly sad about the lounges they’re choosing to close, as The Pier is my favorite first class lounge offered by the airline (and one of my favorites in the world). However, if they’re only going to keep one first class lounge open, I understand how the location of The Wing is better.
Only time time will tell for how long these lounges stay closed, since it doesn’t look like there’s any end in sight for the reduction in demand.
Anyone traveling through Hong Kong who will miss access to these lounges?
(Tip of the hat to God Save The Points)