Air Canada is taking a new approach to the airline lounge experience with their newest one that opened up at Toronto International Airport earlier this month. The concept centers on the idea of “grab and go”, featuring a Barista Station, access to digital newspapers, and a self-serve station with bite-size snacks—similar to that found in a coffee shop.

The barista section has coffee and coffee-based drinks, tea, soft drinks, water, kombucha and non-alcoholic drink options, whereas the self-serve area offers cheeses, pastries and chocolates to pair with the drink. Regardless of what one selects, Air Canada Cafe lounge promises only the highest quality drinks and food for its customers—a feature it continues to maintain throughout any one of their lounges in the world.

Air Canada Cafe Lounge Toronto dining

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Air Canada is quickly growing, and the need for more lounges to accommodate that growth has instigated a reaction, which is why the airline is working on adding additional lounges in the places where space is limited, including Toronto’s airport. By adding the Air Canada Cafe Lounge, the airline is able to increase the capacity across both lounges by up to 40 percent.

Air Canada Cafe Lounge Toronto seating

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The lounge can accommodate up to 109 customers who can get work done, read the latest news, or just wait in peace with a favorite drink before a flight. The hope is that customers can feel relaxed in a stress-free environment that helps them abandon the feeling that they are in an airport entirely.

Air Canada Cafe Lounge Toronto bar

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Those who have Air Canada membership with Elite and Gold status are able to access this one-of-a-kind lounge, the first one in North America.