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Premium airport lounge en route

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A new premium pay-per-use passenger lounge will be opening this fall at Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport.

Plaza Premium Lounge Management Ltd., which bills itself as the world's leading airport lounge provider, said Friday air travellers will be able to purchase lounge passes starting at $40. Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) spokeswoman Felicia Wiltshire said the passes are time-based and cover whatever food, drinks and services travellers use while in the lounge. The basic $40 pass is good for two hours, so if travellers stay longer, the price goes up according to the length of their stay.

However, because Winnipeg isn't a major layover hub, a two-hour pass will likely be sufficient for most travellers, Wiltshire added.

The lounge, which will be located in the airport's departure area, will be open to all air travellers, regardless of their choice of airline or class of travel. It will feature a stand-alone bar, comfortable seating and a broad variety of food offerings.

"Our goal is to elevate passengers' travel experience, and we believe that the opening of this state-of-the-art Plaza Premium Lounge will achieve exactly that at Winnipeg's new terminal," said company founder and CEO Song Hoi-see.

WAA president and CEO Barry Rempel said the lounge will be an exciting addition for the airport and its customers.

"We strive to provide our customers with the best service and experience we can, and this partnership with Plaza Premium Lounge will allow us to further enhance our passengers' experience while they're at our airport," Rempel added.

The Winnipeg outlet will be Plaza Premium Lounge's 12th airport lounge in Canada. It now operates more than 110 lounges in 28 airports around the world.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 31, 2014 B7

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