Swissport International brand Aspire has collaborated with Air Canada to launch Aspire Air Canada Café at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ).
The new concept is a first such collaboration between the companies.
Domestic travellers can experience the Aspire Air Canada Café by booking online through executivelounges.com or via other membership programmes such as Priority Pass, American Express, or Dragonpass. Air Canada customers who are Aeroplan 50K, 75K, or Aeroplan Super Elite Status members, Star Alliance Gold members, Aeroplan premium co-brand cardholders and customers connecting to an Air Canada business class ticket will receive complimentary access.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Air Canada on our first joint lounge concept and are very pleased with the result,” said Charles Roberge, CEO of Swissport Canada. “With Billy Bishop City Airport now part of our lounge network, Aspire operates six lounges at four Canadian airports and plans to continue to expand across Canada”.
Located in the domestic departures area, the Aspire Air Canada Café can accommodate 133 guests. It has been built to meet the LEED ID+C standards, a globally recognised certification that ensures a space is designed using sustainable building practices. The lounge will be open daily from 5:30am to 8:30pm and features locally roasted coffee delivered via state-of-the-art coffee machines. Private workspaces, lounge seating and communal tables will provide a comfortable, relaxing environment. The food and beverage selection features locally sourced options, including local breads and pastries, baked on site, as well as a special ‘Homemade-to-go’ area, delivering freshly made sandwiches or light bites for those short on time. Additionally, lounge guests will enjoy a fully tendered bar, stocked with local Ontario wines, beers, spirits and cocktails.
The Aspire Air Canada Café can accommodate 133 guests
The newest lounge is Toronto’s first Aspire Lounge and also aims to be the first LEED certified lounge in Swissport’s international network of 63 Aspire lounges. One of the top priorities was to be as eco-friendly as possible, to reduce the collective environmental footprint. One innovative example: the high-quality wine is served on tap, eliminating the need for some 9,000 glass bottles per year. Additionally, all of the water is provided via a filtered water system, without any need for plastic bottles.
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