Aviation services company Swissport International will open its new Aspire lounge at Canada’s Ottawa International Airport (YOW) this February.

The lounge can be accessed by all passengers at the airport, irrespective of the airline and ticket class.

Ottawa Business Journal reported that passengers will have to buy a single-use seat in the lounge to access the complimentary services.

Customers can also purchase an annual subscription package.

Located after the security gates, the 3,700m² lounge offers food and beverages, private meeting rooms and lockers. It will have space to accommodate 90 people.

The lounge was previously operated by Porter Airlines, who decided to shut down operations last year. Porter stated that travellers preferred to opt for earlier flights to Toronto instead of staying in the lounge.

Ottawa International Airport Authority opened the tender last February, following which Swissport was awarded the contract.

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In December, Swissport International opened an Aspire Lounge at Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands. It is located on the first floor of Terminal 1 departures.

Swissport is a provider of airport ground and air cargo services. It has 47 lounges at more than 30 airports in 13 countries. Swissport also plans to open lounges in Halifax in Canada and Perth in Australia.

In October, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority partnered with NAV Canada and QinetiQ Canada to trial drone detection technology at Ottawa International Airport (YOW).

NAV Canada and QinetiQ will work with the airport authority to install and deploy the Obsidian micro-Doppler radar unit, determining the compatibility of the system in a civilian airport environment.