When we recently visited Cathay Pacific‘s new Tokyo Haneda Lounge, we were excited to announce the carrier was expanding the new aesthetic and product across a range of outstations. The latest lounge to join this exclusive list of designer spaces is found in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Not really being known for its amazing facilities, the Cathay Lounge will now be the jewel in the crown for the Philippines’ biggest airport – and no doubt raise the game for their competing airlines.


Opened yesterday (May 9th) the lounge is located airside at Level 4 near Gate 114 in Terminal 3 (following their move from Terminal 1 back in October). Frequent passengers on the Cathay Network will definitely notice the similarity to the Studioilse design template first used in the airline’s lounge at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, it’s also only marginally smaller, catering for 135 people.


Cathay go on to describe the space in detail. “Designed by Studioilse, the London-based design studio led by Ilse Crawford, the aim is to bring to life Cathay Pacific’s new brand design ethos, and to create an environment that helps passengers feel relaxed, engaging the senses and focusing on wellbeing as a core principle. This has been achieved by working with warm, natural materials like wood and stone, softening the acoustics where possible and adopting a considered approach to lighting.Cherry wood walls and a limestone floor are framed with details such as glazed screens, green ceramic tiles in The Noodle Bar, bronze highlights in the main entrance and brass in the Bar.” But its not all about following a template, there is a unique sense of place on show. “The extensive use of plants gives colour and life to the space, while works by Philippine artists add an element of local culture.”


As for the amenities the carrier has adopted yet another open kitchen style signature Noodle Bar, a popular facility at the airline’s lounges at Hong Kong International Airport, which offers a selection of Asian noodles including dandan mien and wonton noodle soup, freshly prepared by a chef. During the morning hours until 11:00am, an authentic Philippine breakfast will also be offered.


Another dining highlight is the Bar, where passengers can enjoy a wide selection of tapas, desserts, freshly blended cocktails and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

It’s safe to say we love the aesthetic, materials and sense of light, just as we did back in Haneda. Here at TheDesignAir, we can’t wait for the rest of the lounges to come out to play, including Cathay Pacific’s Bangkok lounge which will be opening shortly.

Posted by:Jonny Clark

2 replies on “Cathay Roll Out Second Lounge In New Design Aesthetic In Manila

    1. Anything that would enhance customer experience is welcome. The name Cathay Pacific was coined by its founders in Manila Hotel. London was a hellhole for thousands of years before the city it is now but with Brexit, might be going back to its roots. (Just a little history lesson.)

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