Open today, Cathay Pacific passengers travelling out of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport are in for a treat. Located at Level 3 in the Concourse G Departure Hall, Cathay’s Bangkok lounge adopts the airline’s new lounge design template that has already been employed at Cathay Pacific lounges in Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Manila.
Measuring in at 679 square metres, there is now increased seating compared to their previous Bangkok lounge. The new facility offers 140 passengers a comfortable environment, with an emphasis on understated luxury, where both First and Business Class passengers can relax before their flight.
Cathay’s partnership with Studioilse continues in Thailand. The London-based design studio led by Ilse Crawford has worked once again with warm, natural materials like wood and stone, softening the acoustics where possible and adopting a considered approach to lighting – something quite difficult to achieve in the large white architectural airport. Cathay’s new brand is once again brought to life with cherry wood walls and a limestone floor as well as glazed screens, green ceramic tiles in their trademark Noodle Bar, bronze highlights in the main entrance and brass in the bar. Breaking up the interior, plants add colour to the space while specially sourced artworks reflect the local culture.
The overall residential aesthetic matches that of the recently opened lounges in Japan, Hong Kong and The Philippines. Designer furniture and lighting have been carefully selected for practicality and comfort. Bespoke chairs (including the 1962 ‘620 Chair’ designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe) and side tables with in-built lamps and sockets are placed by the windows where passengers can enjoy the view of the airport runway and beyond. The Bureau provides three individual workstations with dual operating system iMacs and printers, and of course free Wi-Fi access is also available throughout the lounge.
Cathay Pacific’s signature ‘The Noodle Bar’ also features in Bangkok. The popular attraction offers a selection of Asian noodles including wonton noodle soup and tom yam soup, freshly prepared by a chef. During the morning, until 11:00am, an authentic Thai breakfast is also offered. Another dining highlight is the Food Bar, where passengers can enjoy a wide selection of lighter items such as salads, pastries and other desserts. In addition, freshly blended cocktails and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks are served at the Bar.
The next addition to this fleet of new lounges will be Cathay’s First Class lounge in their home base of Hong Kong International airport, which we will be reviewing on 19th June.