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Cathay Pacific, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, has been ever-so-slowly resuming normal operations over the last several months.
But as China has dropped many pandemic-related travel restrictions — including those making it difficult to travel between its so-called Special Economic Regions (S.A.R), of which Hong Kong is one, and the Chinese mainland — travel demand has picked up quickly for Cathay.
In addition to restoring international routes that were suspended since the beginning of the pandemic, the carrier is taking another step to bring back the pre-pandemic flying experience: the reopening of many of its lauded airport lounges.
Here’s everything you should know.
The Deck Business Class Lounge Is Open Again in Hong Kong
Designed for passengers traveling on a business class ticket with Cathay Pacific or Oneworld airline, or those who have Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status traveling on any ticket, The Deck is most famous for its made-to-order noodle bar, where travelers can order a whole range of noodle dishes from countries in the region.
Elsewhere, flyers can find a self-serve drink station and an extensive buffet serving hot and cold dishes as well as other treats including dim sum and steamed buns.
With a capacity of 180 passengers, The Deck is meant to feel like a high-end residential space, with beautiful, comfortable furniture, 8 shower suites, and, of course, a large deck that provides great views of the tarmac.
As travel to and from Hong Kong continues to pick up the pace, travelers will be relieved to know they now have more options to relax before their next flight.
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Cathay’s Terminal 4 Singapore Lounge Reopening This Month
Cathay’s not just reopening lounges in its home airport. As of February 22, 2023, the airline’s lounge in Terminal 4 of Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) will reopen to eligible passengers.
To enter, you’ll need to be traveling on a business class ticket, be a Cathay Silver, Gold, or Diamond Member, or be a Oneworld Sapphire or Emerald member.
While the lounge in Singapore doesn’t have shower suites, it does have most of the features you’d find at a Cathay Pacific lounge in Hong Kong, including comfortable residential-style furniture, an elegant design, a full buffet, a self-serve drink station, and the famous noodle bar.
More Lounges Are Scheduled to Reopen This Year
Soon, Cathay Pacific flyers — and eligible status holders in the Oneworld alliance — will be able to access lounges in numerous cities around the world.
The airline says that its lounge at Tokyo Narita (NRT) will be open this month, while its lounges in Bangkok (BKK) and Manila (MNL) will follow in March, and those in Beijing (PEK), San Francisco (SFO), Taipei (TPE), and Vancouver (YVR) will open in the second and third quarters of this year.
Flyers will be glad to know that Cathay Pacific — one of the world’s premier carriers — is accelerating the pace of lounge reopenings both at its home airport and in its wider network.
These lounges are some of the best in the world, and they constitute a large portion of the premium travel experience for many. Having them accessible once again will surely be a boon to the airline’s premium passengers.
We’re looking forward to seeing many more Cathay Pacific lounges reopen over the course of the year and are excited to see the airline move quickly toward pre-pandemic normalcy.
Featured Image Credit: Cathay Pacific
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