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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Plaza Premium Group Strengthens Presence in Canada with New Hire

Pioneer and global leader of airport hospitality, Plaza Premium Group announced today that it has appointed Pascal Bélanger to be the new Senior Vice-President, Commercial Development and Operations for Plaza Premium Group (PPG) in Canada. Bélanger will be reporting to Plaza Premium Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Sylvio Angelone, and will lead the Group’s commercial and operations throughout Canada. He will also be responsible for developing business strategies to ensure the Group’s commercial success in the market including portfolio brands: Plaza Premium Lounge, Aerotel, ALLWAYS Meet and Greet service, and airport dining.

No stranger to the airport industry, Bélanger brings over 17 years of experience in commercial and airport operations. Bélanger joins PPG after serving 12 years at Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) as the Executive Vice-President, Airport and Commercial Operations. In WAA, he was responsible for all commercial activities of the Airports Authority including Air Service Development, Air Cargo as well as Real Estate and Concessions.

Prior to WAA, Bélanger joined Aeroport de Quebec Inc in 2004 as Director of Development & Communications and later served as the President and Chief Operating Officer in 2006. During his tenure, he successfully provided strategic and operational leadership at the Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport. He also managed the planning and construction of the airport’s major project, the redevelopment of Québec City airport terminal which was opened in 2008.

Plaza Premium Group Chief Operating Officer, Sylvio Angelone said, “As we transform our business into a new era of travel by putting digital solutions and customer experience in the forefront, we believe there are a lot of opportunities for growth and it is the time to build and scale our airport
hospitality solutions in Canada. In our commitment to Make Travel Better, we believe with Bélanger at the helm, he will drive the team to success and drive our vision in this key market.”

Currently, PPG has airport hospitality solutions at airports across Canada including Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR), Edmonton (YEG), Montreal (YUL) and Winnipeg (YWG), and has been expanding its key Canadian destinations Europe, US, South America and Asia. In 2021, PPG opened two new lounges at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with the launch of its Landmark Lounge and Concept Lounge as well as the Air France Lounge in Montreal. The Group also has multiple projects in the pipeline, which will be launched between 2022 and 2023 at key airports.

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