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Review: Swissport Chinook Airport Lounge Calgary


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As British Airways does not have its own lounge at Calgary International Airport, its Business Class passengers have access to the Swissport Chinook Lounge, one floor about the main concourse. The latter facility is also used by KLM, Condor, and Edelweiss Air and is accessible to all passengers departing from the international terminal for a fee. I used this lounge before travelling Business Class on British Airways from Calgary to London.

Like most lounges in North America, this Swissport Chinook Lounge is nothing to write home about. The large but somewhat tastelessly decorated space features plenty of comfortable chairs, some of them centered around a cozy open fire or along the large windows that offer great views of the runway, the skyline of downtown Calgary and – on a clear day – the Rocky Mountain peaks at the horizon. One corner of the lounge features a buffet with limited food and beverage options. During our visit (evening time), only chips, cookies, salted peanuts, sandwiches, cold vegetables, and fresh soup were on display in addition to complimentary alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, and coffee. “What you see is what you get”, I was told by one of the lounge’s staff member when I informed whether any hot dishes were going to be offered as well. On a positive note, the lounge contains a decent business center and a family area complete with television to keep kids entertained. Free Wi-Fi is available through the airport’s own network.

At the end of this month, Calgary International Airport will open its new International Terminal, which will add approximately two million ft², equivalent to 34 football fields, and 24 new aircraft gates for International and U.S. destinations. I assume British Airways will move its operation to this new terminal in November and use a new lounge.

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