• Joe Breitfeller

Air Canada Reopens Calgary Maple Leaf Lounge With Biosafety Measures and Alberta-Inspired Cuisine

The airline’s Maple Leaf Lounge at Calgary International Airport will reopen on October 15, 2020 with new biosafety measures. The lounge will feature Alberta-inspired cuisine including Alberta Beef and local artisanal ice cream.


Air Canada Reopens Calgary Maple Leaf Lounge - Courtesy YYC

Today (October 14, 2020), Air Canada announced the reopening of their Maple Leaf Lounge at Calgary International Airport (YYC) starting tomorrow. The carrier has instituted new comprehensive biosafety measures and the lounge will feature Alberta-inspired cuisine such as Alberta Beef as well as local artisanal ice cream. The company’s goal is to support local businesses by spotlighting Calgary and Canadian-based products and the lounge will be open daily for eligible guests traveling on domestic flights. In Wednesday’s announcement, Air Canada’s Vice President – Product, Andrew Yiu, said,


“We are pleased to again welcome eligible customers to our Maple Leaf Lounge at YYC Calgary International Airport. 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. This includes electrostatic spraying as part of our significantly enhanced cleaning procedures for additional peace of mind, and new touchless processes, such as the ability to order individually prepared as well as pre-packaged food directly to your seat from your smartphone.”

“To mark the re-opening of our Calgary Maple Leaf Lounge, we're introducing a featured wine chosen by our sommelier Veronique Rivest and 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. We are also very pleased to offer Calgary’s acclaimed Village Ice Cream's locally hand-made artisanal ice cream as a delightful treat for our customers.”



The Alberta Maple Leaf Lounge’s locally inspired menu will include Alberta beef sliders and western breakfast burrito in addition to Air Canada’s celebrated Canadian Chef panel dishes. Chef panel favorites include Chef Hawksworth’s butternut squash soup, Chef Ferrer’s panna cotta and Chef Park’s smoked salmon spread and bagel crisps, as well a Canadian Matane shrimp roll, which will be available all day.


Guests will also enjoy Molton Brown’s luxurious skincare products, hand soaps and lotions at domestic hub Maple Leaf Lounges and London-Heathrow. Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges at Toronto Pearson (D gates), Vancouver (domestic side) and Calgary are now open.


Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, serving over 51 million guests in 2019. The Canadian flag carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance and the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax, who also named the carrier ‘2019 Best Airline in North America.’


Source: Air Canada