Cathay Pacific’s lounges at Hong Kong International Airport are set to get a new operator this year, potentially paving the way for changes to the facilities’ services and food and beverage offerings.

French company Sodexo is set to take over operations of six of the airline’s business and first class lounges from current operator Plaza Premium Group progressively over the course of the year.

The first lounge to be operated by Sodexo will be the airline’s former Dragonair G16 lounge, which is currently set to be reopened as The Deck in the first quarter of this year, a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific confirmed with Business Traveller.

“The change will take place in phases during 2018 to ensure a smooth transition in operation and service delivery to our premium passengers,” the spokesperson added.

Plaza Premium first took over operations of Cathay Pacific’s lounges in Hong Kong in May 2016, replacing luxury hotel operator The Peninsula.

The Hong Kong-based company, which runs a global network of its own branded lounges, will continue to operate Cathay Pacific’s facilities in Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, London, Vancouver, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Cathay Pacific recently opened its lounge at Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4 building, which the airline relocated to in November last year.