Alongside news that Cathay Pacific will be permanently closing its Hong Kong arrivals lounge, The Arrival, early next month, the city’s flag carrier is also set to shut its departure lounge at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at the beginning of next week.
Fortunately in this instance travellers can breathe a sigh of relief, as the facility will only close on a temporary basis on October 29 as it undergoes renovation works. The revamped facility is expected to reopen to guests sometime in the third quarter of next 2019.
The facelift will bring the design of the lounge in line with its newer style, with the airline stating that the renovation “will follow the same award-winning design philosophy of considered design applied in our lounges worldwide”, in a statement on its official website.
During the renovation period, Silver, Gold and Diamond members of the airline’s Marco Polo Club will be provided access to the No 77 China Eastern Plaza Premium Lounge, which is located close to Gate 77 in Pudong Airport’s Terminal 2. Lounge passes can also be claimed by Green tier members, though travellers won’t be able to redeem access for the China Eastern lounge.
Cathay Pacific and sister airline Cathay Dragon fly a combined 103 flights per week between Hong Kong and Shanghai Pudong. Business Traveller has previously reviewed Cathay Dragon’s business class product and service on this route.
Cathay Pacific has been making a number of changes to its lounge offering of late, notably the recently announced closure its arrivals lounge in Hong Kong as well trialling a pay-to-enter option at three of its overseas lounges in Manila, Melbourne and Vancouver.