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Lo­ca­tion: In­ter­na­tional Departures Pier D, di­rectly af­ter se­cu­rity


Open­ing date: The lounge has just re­opened fol­low­ing a five­month ren­o­va­tion.

Ac­ces­si­ble to: Any pas­sen­ger for a fee. Plaza Pre­mium lounges are among an in­creas­ing num­ber of in­de­pen­dent, pay-as-you-go (or,“pay-in,”as they’re known in some parts of the world) fa­cil­i­ties – a phe­nom­e­non that’s be­com­ing more com­mon in air­port ter­mi­nals around the world. Sin­gle lounge vis­its start at $35 in­clud­ing tax, for two hours.

De­sign: The newly opened flag­ship lounge was cre­ated by de­signer Kin­ney Chan of KCA. Mea­sur­ing 6,800 square feet, the fa­cil­ity is the largest pay-per-use lounge in Canada and can seat about 180 guests. It is di­vided into sev­eral zones to pro­vide trav­el­ers with a“range of dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences and choices.”

Fea­tures: Upon en­ter­ing the main area, guests are greeted by a va­ri­ety of seat­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions. The lounge area of­fers com­fort­able sofa chairs for those trav­el­ling alone, along with com­mu­nal ta­bles for larger par­ties. Large win­dows pro­vide panoramic views of the run­way, while com­puter work­sta­tions, free WiFi and power sock­ets are read­ily avail­able through­out. There are food sta­tions that serve hot food, cof­fee and snacks, in­clud­ing the lounge’s sig­na­ture Fish Ball Noo­dle Soup. Other fea­tures in­clude a pri­vate rest­ing area, a VIP room, two shower rooms with full ameni­ties and three nap rooms.

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