October 29, 2015

Review: Dragonair G16 Lounge, Hongkong International Airport (HKG)

Summer Trip Flying EVA Air Business Class on 777 & Hello Kitty Jet, Singapore Airlines Suites & Cathay Pacific First Class

Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.


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Dragonair G16 Lounge, Hongkong Airport entrance

Date of visit: July 14, 2015

Location:  Terminal 1, above gate 16
Access:  Cathay Pacific/Dragon Air First Class passengers +1 guest; Marco Polo Club Diamond members +2 guests; First Class passengers on any One World operated flight +1 guest; One World Emerald members on a One World operated flight +1 guest  
Opening hours:  Daily from 6am to 12midnight


Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport reception

Seating

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport seating

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport seating

Business Centre

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport workstations

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport workstations with PCs

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport workstation

Dining

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport dining area

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport hot buffet selection including Roasted Beef with Japanese Curry and Fried Beef Sausage with Onion Sauce among others

Lavatory

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport gentlemen's toilet

View of Tarmac

Dragonair G16 Lounge Hongkong Airport view of the gates and tarmac

CONCLUSION

Dragonair is Cathay Pacific's regional subsidiary and operates a few of their flights within Asia. Consequently, the G16 Lounge is used mostly by passengers flying on Dragonair. This lounge is probably the smallest Cathay Pacific lounge at HKIA when it comes to size. I thought the food selection on the buffet looked good although not quite as extensive as The Wing Business Class Lounge, for example. The business center has lots of workstations with PCs which is a plus. Of course, you also get a great view of the tarmac from the lounge. The fact that this is not "mainly" for Cathay Pacific's first and business class passengers means that this lounge is somewhat subpar with Cathay Pacific's own lounges at Hongkong Airport. Overall, this is a nice lounge but if you also have access to the other Cathay Pacific lounges at HKIA, I recommend spending your time there instead.