Air Canada Reopens YYC Maple Leaf Lounge Featuring Biosafety & Local Cuisine

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Air Canada today' Maple Leaf Lounge at YYC Calgary International Airport will reopen tomorrow (15OCT) with biosafety measures and enhanced protocols to safeguard customers and employees from COVID-19. The YYC Maple Leaf Lounge, open daily to eligible customers travelling on domestic flights, also spotlights products from Calgary and across Canada.  

"We have extended our industry-leading biosafety measures already in place at our lounges in Toronto and Vancouver to our Calgary lounge, ensuring the safety of customers and employees alike," said Andrew Yiu, Vice President, Product, at Air Canada. 

Multi-Layered Biosafety Measures 

Protocols include: mandatory face coverings for customers and employees, plexiglass partitions at welcome desks, pre-packaged food and a modified assisted beverage service. According to AC, lounge seating and restrooms will be continuously cleaned using electrostatic units and medical grade disinfectants. The new lounge services will also offer several touchless features, including presentation of all reading materials in digital format through PressReader. The AC @ La Table menu ordering app allows customers to order hot snacks directly from their seat by scanning a QR code or tapping an NFC chip.

Locally Inspired Menu, Local Artisanal Ice Cream

To mark the YYC re-opening, Air Canada is introducing a featured wine chosen by its sommelier, Veronique Rivest. Her selections, known as 'Veronique's Pick,' will be rolled out across the lounge network going forward. 

"Her first pick is Cedar Creek Estate Chardonnay Okanagan Valley 2018, from BC's Okanagan Valley. Also new, customers now have meal options developed by three of our panel of celebrated Canadian Chefs at the same lounge, Chef David Hawksworth, Chef Antonio Park and Chef Jerome Ferrer, that pay tribute to local ingredients and support local suppliers," Yiu said. 

Alberta beef sliders and western breakfast burrito will be served throughout the day, as well as Air Canada's Canadian Chef panel dishes including Chef Hawksworth's butternut squash soup, Chef Ferrer's panna cotta, and Chef Park's smoked salmon spread and bagel crisps and Canadian Matane shrimp roll. Calgary's Maple Leaf Lounge will also feature Village Ice Cream, hand-crafted in Calgary since 2012.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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