Cathay Pacific will be closing its popular The Arrival lounge at Hong Kong International Airport on November 5 this year, the carrier announced late last night.
The facility, located on Level 3 between Terminals 1 and 2, is a regular stopping point for early arrivals into the city and is often busy during the morning period.
Business Traveller has previously reviewed the lounge, which can be read here.
Cathay Pacific made the announcement in a statement on its official website, though so far it has provided no details as to the reason behind the decision nor whether it would be opening an alternative facility in future.
It is also unclear whether passengers arriving into Hong Kong beyond the November 5 closure date will be offered access to an alternative arrivals lounge.
Independent lounge operator Plaza Premium Group, for instance, operates its own arrivals lounge at the airport’s Terminal 2 building.
Until earlier this year, Plaza Premium Group was responsible for operating all of Cathay Pacific’s lounges in Hong Kong. The airline has since switched operators in Hong Kong to French company Sodexo, though its overseas lounges continue to be operated by the Plaza Premium Group.
The closure could be the latest move in the airline’s three-year restructuring plan to return it to profitability, having reported its first ever back-to-back annual loss last year.
Cathay Pacific recently began trialling a pay-to-access scheme at three of its overseas lounges in Manila, Melbourne and Vancouver, in a decision likely aimed at testing the water for a new means of bringing in additional ancillary revenue.
Announcing the airline’s financial results for the first half of 2018 back in August, chairman John Slosar stated that the airline “expect
to generate more ancillary revenue” in the second half of 2018.
Business Traveller has contacted Cathay Pacific for comment.