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Before boarding our Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, we spent some time at the dnata Lounge in Terminal 1 of Changi Airport. Cathay Pacific doesn’t have their own lounge in Changi, but passengers can use the dnata lounge, which is a contract lounge operated by the Dubai-based dnata group (Dubai National Air Transport Agency).
Who can access the lounge?
Cathay Pacific passengers travelling in business or first class, as well as OneWorld Sapphire or Emerald tier members can enter the dnata lounge. Business/First class passengers travelling with Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta, Finnair, Air Asia, Air Mauritius, Bangkok Airways, Drukair, Myanmar Airways International, Fiji Airways, Xiamen Airlines and China Southern are also eligible to enter.
The lounge is pretty much open at all times, except from 2:30am to 3:30am.
Where is it?
The lounge is less than one minute walk from immigration. After passing immigration, turn right and walk for a bit until you see a set of escalators on the left going to the upper floor. There should be some signage that indicates the dnata Lounge. Head up the escalators and look towards the right. You shouldn’t have trouble spotting the bright blue and purple dnata lounge sign on the wall.
Keep in mind that the lounge is located before security, as Changi airport has individual security screening for each gate. Be sure to allocate enough time to pass through security after leaving the lounge.
When we arrived at the lounge, there were only several guests enjoying breakfast, but otherwise it was pretty empty. The lounge felt modern and spacious, and the atmosphere was relaxing and peaceful. The right half of the lounge consisted of plenty of comfortable lounge chairs. The side tables between the chairs had power ports for charging. The lounge doesn’t have much of a view, but instead has a glass wall along most of the seating area that looks out into the terminal area.
Past the lounge chairs was a self-serve bar area with a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There was plenty of bar seating, with power ports scattered liberally. It’s not a bad place to get some work done.
On the other side of the lounge was the buffet spread and dining area. I thought the buffet selection was rather limited, but there was a good mixture of both hot and cold options. Usually I find that lounges tend to lack variety in the hot foods.
We hadn’t had breakfast, so my parents and I got a healthy portion of the congee, topped with chinese donuts and fresh spring onions, which was pretty tasty.
The lounge also had a staffed coffee shop called Hudsons Coffee, where you could get your caffeine fix. I ordered myself a cappuccino from here.
After eating, I checked out the showers, which were not staffed. You can just simply walk into any available shower room. I thought the design was a bit bland, but otherwise it was very clean and well maintained. The only shower amenities provided were shampoo and body wash, as well as a towel.
The dnata Lounge in Terminal 1 of Changi airport is a comfortable way to spend some time while waiting for your flight. The lounge offers plenty of seating options with power ports everywhere to make sure you can get your work done. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing throughout my stay, even as more and more passengers arrived. The food options are limited, but from the choices I sampled, the quality of it was pretty good. The shower facility was nothing fancy, but it is still a perfectly fine option to get yourself cleaned up and refreshed after a long flight. Overall I would definitely recommend checking out this lounge next time you’re passing through Terminal 1 at Changi.
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Alvin is an aviation geek, enthusiast photographer, and software developer with a goal of exploring the world. He uses mileage programs to redeem premium flight travel, and shares his experiences here on OneMoreWeekToGo.