Air Canada has embraced the rebirth of one of the U.S.’s most historic major airports with the construction of a new Maple Leaf Lounge at New York’s La Guardia Airport. The airline invited media (including Canadian Aviator) and guests to tour the new facility and toast its opening in on Monday, just days after the fully renovated Terminal B began serving passengers and the day before the new lounge was to open.
The new lounge features Air Canada’s customary cuisine and creature comforts in a third floor setting that overlooks the main concourse. The new lounge is also located on the secure side of the airport so passengers go through screening before they go to the lounge. The shiny new terminal replaces a crumbling decades-old patchwork of renovations and expansions that left passengers and airlines frustrated and earned LaGuardia the title as one of the U.S.’s worst airports. But its convenient location minutes from Manhattan makes it popular with business travellers and is Air Canada’s main access point to New York. It also has some flights to Newark’s Liberty Airport in New Jersey.