Cathay Pacific shuts Heathrow lounges until June

Cathay Pacific has shut its lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 3 for refurbishment.

The facilities are closed from today until June. They opened in 2010; to read a review from that year, click here.

During the works, first and business class passengers; Silver, Gold and Diamond tier members of Cathay’s Marco Polo loyalty programme; and Emerald and Sapphire tier Oneworld members will have a choice of other lounges in Terminal 3.

Cathay Pacific lounge

Cathay Pacific lounge

These are:

Cathay said that all lounge invitations will be arranged for passengers upon check-in. Note that some of these lounges shut in the afternoon (the AA lounges, for instance, close at 1645), so presumably for Cathay’s later departures, invitations will be to the BA lounge, which is open until 2230, and the Heathrow No.1 Lounge, which is open until 2230.

The BA lounges were open to Emirates passengers earlier this year when the Gulf airline closed its T3 lounge (see news, June 11).

Neil Glenn, general manager Europe for Cathay Pacific, said: “This renovation follows updates to our lounges in Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok. With the addition of London, we look forward to providing customers with an enhanced experience in the near future.”

Cathay flies from London Heathrow to Hong Kong five times daily, with a sixth flight from London Gatwick strongly rumoured (see news, November 23). It also flies from Manchester to Hong Kong four-times weekly.

Tom Otley

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  • Such a shame that the Cathay lounges are to be closed for so long. They are a great alternative to the awful dark and dingey BA lounges, especially the Cathay First. I find it amazing that Cathay are refurbing such delightful lounges after such a short period of time.

  • AFAIK Cathay is expanding the lounge footprint into the space formerly occupied by the Singapore Airlines lounges (which of course are no longer used since SQ moved to T2 and opened lounges there). If the lounges match the recent upgrades elsewhere, Cathay will easily have the best OneWorld lounges at T3.

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