(03 Sep 2021)
Collinson has reported that Priority Pass lounge
visits increased by 46% in the first half of 2021 when compared to
the second half of 2020.
Currently, over 75% of Priority Pass lounges
across the globe are open for business, and visit data shows a 28%
month-on-month increase between June and July 2021.
Average visits per lounge are also
up 34% for H1 2021, compared to H2 2020.
“While we look forward to a broader recovery
including international flights once the pandemic is brought under
further control, we are meanwhile seeing better utilisation of our
domestic lounges in particular – which means we are serving our
members well in these challenging times,” said Andy Besant,
Director of Travel Experiences at Collinson, the operator of
In the U.S. nearly 3.8 million flights (of which
95% were domestic) were taken in the past year compared to 8.9 million in 2019.
Domestic travel hotspots in the US are focused on
the southern part of the country – with the two most-visited
lounges located in Miami; followed by lounges in Dallas-Fort
Worth, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Orlando.
Russia and China are already at 70% and 87% of flight volumes
compared to 2019 – both countries where Priority Pass has a comprehensive
lounge presence, covering 96% and 86% of all flights respectively.
Globally, domestic flights are forecast to be at
90% passenger capacity by April 2022.
While recovery is taking off globally, some
regions are doing better than others. The US is forecast to be
the first region to see flights recover to pre- pandemic volumes,
while Asia Pacific is expected to be the slowest region to recover
with APAC markets only forecast to be at 40% flight volumes as
compared to pre-pandemic levels by April 2022.
green shoots of regrowth are showing across both international and
domestic flights. Priority Pass has invested significantly in
tracking and supporting this recovery to ensure that we will be
there for our members as they return to the skies. Tracking our
lounge coverage against flight patterns is key to our strategy,
and we will continue to ensure the expansion of our offering and
services to our Members in the most relevant locations,” added
Despite all the problems facing the airline
industry, Priority Pass has added over 110
lounges and airport experiences to its network since the start of
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