Vancouver International Airport (YVR)’s Plaza Premium Lounge experience for globe-trotting passengers is slated for a complete elevator.
The long-time original location of the international lounge, located just after the international security checkpoint, is now permanently closed.
For the time being, customers will be using temporary lounge spaces in a restricted area in the atrium area of the newly constructed Pier D wing of the terminal building.
This is because YVR is getting a new Plaza Premium Lounge in its international terminal.
Sangeeta Chowdhury, director of North American marketing for Plaza Premium Lounge, told Daily Hive Urbanized that the company is currently building a new, larger lounge with new services and amenities. .
The new space is expected to open early in the second quarter of 2024, she says, although few details are available at this time.
The Vancouver Airport Authority also indicated that a new permanent lounge will be located next to Gate D68 on Level 4. This location is just in front of Pier D Atrium.
This means that access to the future new permanent lounge will be from Level 3, where the general waiting area and seating area for all passengers and the restaurant/retail space will be located.
YVR’s other new lounges are also located on Level 4. This includes Cathay Pacific’s first and business class lounges and the SkyTeam lounge in the international terminal. He also opened the main Plaza Premium Lounge, located near Gate B15 in the domestic terminal, in 2015, the same year. The AB terminal building connector has been completed.
YVR’s newest lounge is the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, which was renovated in 2017 and is currently located in the international terminal. In June of this year, Cathay Pacific reopened the YVR Lounge, which was built in 2016, after a long closure due to the pandemic.
YVR’s other lounges include the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge and the small cafe-style Plaza Premium Lounge in the domestic terminal, the SkyTeam Lounge in the international terminal, and the Plaza Premium Lounge and Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in the U.S. border terminal.
There are a total of four Plaza Premium Lounges at YVR, available to select Business Class and First Class passengers, depending on the airline and select bank/credit card partners. Alternatively, passengers can enter by paying an admission fee.
Across the global airline industry, this airline offers complimentary food and beverages, quiet spaces, extra space to stretch, more comfortable seating options, high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations, and special luxury amenities, services, and features. Demand for airport lounge experiences like this is on the rise. , including showers – is rapidly increasing.
according to business travelerAs of this summer, airport lounge usage has exceeded pre-pandemic numbers, with lounge patronage increasing by 12% across 1,374 lounges in 671 airports worldwide compared to 2019.
a June 2023 Industry Report A study on ‘Global Airport Lounge Access Market’ predicts that this sub-sector of the airline industry will generate USD 55.7 billion annually by 2028, an increase of USD 6.4 billion compared to 2022.
“Increasing disposable income of the middle class and increasing propensity to use air tickets to save time are contributing to the overall growth of the airport lounge market. More and more companies are doing business on a global scale. “The demand for airport lounges will undoubtedly increase as the world evolves and relies more on flying to host and attend meetings,” the report said.
Demand is being driven not only by the strong recovery of the global aviation industry after the pandemic, but also by increased overcrowding at airports. This has also been experienced with YVR. In the first nine months of 2023, YVR has already recorded his 19 million passengers, which puts the airport on track to approach its pre-pandemic 2019 record of 26.4 million passengers. I am.
Similarly, the expansion of airline loyalty programs and growing partnerships between airlines and lounge providers are increasing demand for airport lounge business.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Plaza Premium Lounge is one of the world’s largest independent airport lounge brands and operators, serving 20 million travelers annually with more than 250 locations in 80 airports in 30 countries. We offer
In 2023, the prestigious annual Skytrax World Airline Awards named three Plaza Premium Lounges among the 10 best independent airport lounges in the world, with Plaza Premium Lounge at Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) taking first place. was selected as the runner-up.