March 7 2015  |  Airline & Terminal News

Plaza Premium reopens lounge at YVR

By Rick Lundstrom

Plaza Premium Lounge last week held the grand opening of its recently upgraded lounge at Vancouver International Airport.

The lounge, one of four Plaza Premium Lounge spaces at YVR, is located in the airport’s A-B Connector on Level 3 Departures of the Domestic Terminal.
The 6,390-square foot space follows the 2014 facelift of Plaza Premium Lounge in YVR’s International Terminal. The company will also open a lounge in Winnipeg International Airport later this year.

 “Vancouver is a very important market for us, and this new lounge is the next step in our plan to grow the Plaza Premium Lounge brand throughout North America,” said Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited Founder and CEO Song Hoi-see. “For 10 years, travelers through YVR have embraced the comfort and convenience of having a lounge option. We are dedicated to continually improving upon the premium experience we offer our guests.”

The facility has seating for 135 and has a lounge, dining and bar area, and a business center. There are also private spaces where travelers can freshen up with a shower or unwind in one of three semi-private resting areas outfitted with recliners. Guests enjoy a menu of freshly prepared hot and cold food and beverages, and stay connected with Wi-Fi, large screen TVs, and a selection of international newspapers and magazines. 

Designed by Kinney Chan of the Hong Kong design firm, Kinney Chan & Associates, travelers enter the reception area via a soaring glass entrance and climb a spiral staircase to the lounge level. Upstairs, the expansive, open-air floorplan offers views of the airfield and the Strait of Georgia in the distance. The furnishings and materials in a warm color palette.
 The menu includes freshly baked specialty breads, hot breakfasts, signature pastas, toasted paninis, quesadillas, soups, and salads. The bar offers specialty espresso coffees, juices, beers, wines, and spirits. 

A single visit to Plaza Premium Lounge starts at CAD40 (US$32) per person for two hours, and includes use of the lounge facilities, showers and all food and beverages. Semi-private resting areas are charged separately. 
Travelers will find the new Plaza Premium Lounge after security near Gate B15. Other YVR Plaza Premium Lounges are located after security in the International Terminal (Gate D53) and after security in the Transborder Departure Terminal (Gate E86). Plaza Premium Lounge also operates a Distinguished Visitors Lounge on Level 2 of the International Arrivals Hall. 

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