There's good news for anyone traveling north of the border by air. Air Canada formally opened a new Maple Leaf Lounge Express at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at the end of last week. The new lounge offers a way for premium customers to step into a private, relaxed zone between flights.

What's more, guests of the new lounge will be received by premium agents when they show up. The lounge is actually the second premium lounge offered to Air Canada customers at YYZ. An existing Maple Leaf Lounge already provides a relaxing space for travelers departing to the United States from the hub. Here's a list of who is invited to enter YYZ's new Maple Leaf Lounge Express:

  • Business Class passengers.
  • Passengers with select Altitude status.
  • Star Alliance Gold members using departing Air Canada or United Airlines flights.

The new Maple Leaf Lounge Express at YYZ is located at the transborder departure area in Terminal 1. You'll find that it is actually just steps from Air Canada's commuter gates. The list of amenities travelers will find when they step inside includes a self-serve bar, a huge refreshment station, specialty coffee by Lavazza, light snacks and a selection of Canadian wines. In addition, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the lounge. The space has been designed with seating for up to 50 visitors at a time.

Air Canada now offers a total of 23 Maple Leaf Lounges around the world. Canadian airports hold most of the lounges. The rest are located in popular hubs like LaGuardia, Newark, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Los Angeles.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at GET.com and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: scott.dylan@get.com.