Cathay Pacific’s London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 lounge had its soft opening today, concluding a renovation of its facilities that began back in November, 2015. The new first and business class lounge was originally set to open back in June of this year, however delays encountered during construction had forced the airline to postpone the reopening.
The lounge officially opens to customers on Wednesday, December 7 featuring separate first and business class areas. These distinct zones, along with its contemporary Asian aesthetic – which includes artwork from Chinese artist Han Feng – are features the new Heathrow lounge inherits from the airline’s Hong Kong International Airport facilities. The lounge is approximately 1,200 sqm – 30 per cent larger than its previous incarnation – and offers panoramic views of the airport’s apron and northerly runway.
“At Cathay Pacific, we care about our passengers’ experience at every stage of their journey – from the moment they arrive at the airport until they reach their destination – and our exciting new Heathrow lounge was designed to enable our customers to travel well,” said Cathay’s general manager product, James Evans. “Our aim was to provide our passengers with a tranquil haven to relax before boarding their flights to Hong Kong and we hope our customers are as enthusiastic about the new lounge as we are.
A key difference between the two separate areas is the different culinary offerings, with first class passengers able to select items from the grab-and-go style The Pantry, which offers a changing selection of food items throughout the day. First passengers will also have access to The Dining Room, offering table service with made-to-order dishes prepared by the chef.
Business class passengers, meanwhile, will be able to try the airline’s signature Noodle Bar, offering authentic Chinese cuisine, and The Food Hall, which serves a variety of Western and international fare, including traditional British dishes. A full-service bar is also available to business class passengers.
However both will have access to the lounge’s bespoke “solo chairs” and its with eight shower suites. A work area dubbed “The Bureau” is also available.
The lounge will be open from 5:30am Monday to Saturday and from 7:30am Sunday until 10:30pm, and will be accessible for first and business class passengers along with Marco Polo Club members of a silver rank or above and oneworld members of Sapphire rank and higher.