New Jersey-based (and New Yorkers who don’t mind crossing the Hudson River) Star Alliance members have another lounge to frequent when traveling. Air Canada has opened its third lounge in the United States at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
The lounge offers guests refreshments, complimentary wifi, and a business center and is located in Terminal A, past security and close to Air Canada gates. Air Canada currently operates flights from Newark to Toronto (YYZ), Ottawa (YOW), Montreal (YUL), Calgary (YYC) and Vancouver (YVR).
Air Canada began operating the Newark to Vancouver route with their new Boeing 787 in June 2016 – and this new lounge aligns well with the premium route, which offers flatbed seats in the business class cabin.
“Air Canada is pleased to provide eligible Air Canada and Star Alliance customers a new Maple Leaf Lounge at Newark Liberty airport. We recognize that business and premium customers have additional requirements, including the need for a quiet place to work while travelling, and our new Maple Leaf Lounge is designed with this in mind. The new lounge also compliments our Boeing 787 Newark-Vancouver service featuring our Business Class – Transcontinental product, with lie flat suites in Business Class.” – Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Air Canada also operates lounges in the United States at La Guardia Airport (LGA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). I’ve visited the LAX lounge on a recent trip from LA to Mexico City, and though it was a nice, peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of the airport, the lounge didn’t offer any exceptional or memorable amenities.
The Maple Leaf lounges grant complimentary access to Air Canada Business Class ticket holders, Maple Leaf Club Members, and Star Alliance Gold Members. The LAX and LGA lounges are accessible to Priority Pass holders, t
hough at this time, the EWR lounge is not listed on the Priority Pass iPhone application. Update: The Maple Leaf Lounge now appears among Priority Pass’ lounges in Newark!
Even though it doesn’t sound like the EWR Maple Leaf lounge’s offerings will be a departure from its LAX counterpart, I’m sure this lounge will be a good back up option for United passengers next time the United Club forgets to renew its liquor license like it did in September. 😉