Review: International First/Business Class Lounge, Chongqing Jiangbei Airport

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Cathay Dragon moved into the new international terminal at Chongqing 重庆市 airport in September and now use this lounge. This has replaced the VIP Lounge we previously reviewed.

The lounge is located between gates H4 and H5. Sadly that means that it lacks outside views, which the old one had.

The lounge has multiple areas but the focal point is the dining area. When the lounge is open it offers the usual Chinese lounge array of simple fairly unhealthy packaged snacks, soft drinks, beers and wine. There is a decent selection of tea and also a basic coffee machine.

 

During the hours of 6.30 – 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. and 5.30 – 8.00 p.m. there is also a kitchen which provides hot dishes. A separate serving hatch during these hours offers the local spicy noodle speciality. The food quality is decent. However, as Cathay Dragon’s flight leaves most days at just after five o’clock they will likely be unavailable to most Cathay Dragon passengers using the lounge.

Outside of the dining area there are a few separate rooms with seating. These include a television room, a larger secondary room with its own drinks, a smoking room and also a business area with a couple of computers.

Smoking room (HK Travel Blog)

Business area (HK Travel Blog)

There is also a room with some massage chairs.

Massage room (HK Travel Blog)

There are showers by the toilet and also some sleeping rooms available for hire. I was not able to have a look but I understand that they are 200 RMB for around two hours which if correct seems pretty steep. There are some local newspapers and a shoe shine machine by the door.

The lounge advertises wifi but as with the old lounge I could not use it to connect to the Internet on either my computer or my phone.

A lot of airlines use this lounge but it is much larger than the old one Cathay Dragon used and during my recent visit was pretty quiet. The lounge is overall an improvement on the old one in terms of amenities.

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