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PHOTOS: New Aspire | Air Canada Café opens at Billy Bishop airport

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  •   06-01-2023  11:32 am
  •   Pax Global Media

PHOTOS: New Aspire | Air Canada Café opens at Billy Bishop airport
From left: Hali Hamilton, sr. manager, product design, AC; Emily Van Den Akker, manager of product development, AC; Madeline Long-Duke, director of commercial communications, AC; Scott O Leary, VP, loyalty & product, AC; Mark Nasr, EVP, marketing & digital, AC/president, Aeroplan; Jamie Steiner, sr. manager, brand & B2B marketing, AC. (Pax Global Media)
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Starting today (June 1), eligible Air Canada customers departing from Toronto’s downtown airport will have access to the only airline lounge at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to enjoy elevated comfort before they fly.

The airline’s newest Air Canada Café at Billy Bishop – a collaboration with Aspire, Swissport’s premium lounge brand – marks the 27th lounge in Air Canada’s lounge network and the sixth Canadian location for Aspire.

It’s a 133-seat "modern respite" at Billy Bishop’s domestic departures terminal, Air Canada stated in a press release. 

Quiet workspaces, a private meeting room and premium food and drinks to stay or go are among the complimentary amenities in the café-style executive lounge, which PAX is exploring on location, first hand this morning.

(Pax Global Media)

“We know how much Air Canada customers, who travel frequently within the busy Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor, really value the convenience of flying out of Billy Bishop,” stated Jacqueline Harkness, managing director, product and services, Air Canada. “Our new Aspire | Air Canada Café at Billy Bishop builds upon the success of our first Air Canada Café at Toronto Pearson, and is just one more way Air Canada continues to invest in the best lounge network in Canada.”

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Who's eligible?

The Aspire | Air Canada Café is available to Air Canada customers who are Aeroplan 50K, 75K, or Aeroplan Super Elite Status members, Star Alliance Gold members, and Aeroplan premium co-brand cardholders, as well as travellers connecting to an Air Canada business class ticket.

(Pax Global Media)

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The features include:

  • Premium food and beverage offerings
  • Self-serve hot and cold buffet curated by local chefs with fresh baked breads and pastries
  • Hot and cold grab-n’-go selections
  • Central bar with complimentary beverages and premium for-purchase beverages
  • Amenities and Space
  • 4,271-square-foot (367-square-metre) premium space for work or relaxation
  • Meeting room to book for collaborative or quiet co-working
  • Additional workspace for taking calls
  • Wireless chargers at almost every seat
  • High-speed and reliable Wi-Fi
  • TVs broadcasting news and sports

Air Canada offers flights for customers travelling between Toronto and Montreal with up to eight daily departures to Montreal (YUL) from Billy Bishop, and up to 17 additional departures from Toronto Pearson (YYZ).

(Air Canada)

Service will return this fall from Billy Bishop to Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (YOW).

All flights to Montreal (YUL) and Ottawa (YOW) from Billy Bishop feature complimentary beverage and snack service, and customers who are Aeroplan members are eligible to earn and redeem Aeroplan points.

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