Calgary Airport seems sleepy and quiet, even in the middle of the day. It’s the Sunday in the middle of a long weekend – the Canada Day long weekend to be precise. The Chinook Lounge in the airport’s domestic departures area is rather quiet as well. It’s probably the best time to review an airport lounge since there are less people to compete with for space and food.
Entering the lounge was quick and easy. The lounge is situated almost immediately after security for Concourse A. It’s so close after security, in fact, you might just miss it! I entered the lounge using Priority Pass and took about 30 seconds. However, it’s not as fast as the boarding pass scanners at airline lounges like the Air France Salon and KLM Crown Lounge.
The lounge with its big windows has a great view of most of the airport’s runway. This allows you to watch planes regularly landing, taxiing, and taking off.
Space & seating
There were essentially two types of seats in the lounge: high-top bar tables and their respective high chairs, and more comfortable lounge seating. The bar tables seemed ideal for people wanting to sit up straight and work with their computers off their laps. There are about six of these tables with three chairs each.
The other seats were leather (or pleather) and quite comfortable to sit in. As you’ll see in the photos, these seats were mostly grouped in clusters of four or six with a coffee table in the middle.
Food & beverage
Compared to my first time here several years ago, there seemed to be a little more variety in terms of food. As it was lunch time, the following hot options were available:
- Chili – vegetarian and non-vegetarian options
- Chicken noodle soup
- Split pea soup
For cold items there was:
- A raisin coleslaw
- Pasta salad
- Packaged cups of fruit
- Packaged cups of raw vegetables
Unfortunately I found the cold pasta as well as the chicken noodle soup somewhat flavorless. The split pea soup was quite nice and the chili was great too – kudos for having a vegetarian option!
The lounge had the standard selection of canned soft drinks (coke, sprite, ginger ale, club soda) as well as a small selection of tea. There were also two coffee machines that used a selection of pre-packaged coffees similar to pods – except these were more like pads.
I’m don’t drink much so I can’t comment on how good the alcohol selection is. You can judge for yourself using the photo below:
The Chinook lounge on a quiet day seems spacious and comfortable, and a great place to hang out before a domestic flight. WiFi is easily accessible and is a reasonable speed. The food selection is somewhat lacking, but you can’t expect too much from the domestic terminal lounge of a small airport.