Visits to network salons increased 28% month-over-month between June and July 2021
Visits to airport lounges around the world are on the increase, reflecting growing dynamics in the number of flights across the globe. According to data from Collinson’s Priority Pass, the total number of salon visits across the network increased by 46% for the first half of 2021 compared to the second half of 2020.
Domestic air transport is rebounding faster in some parts of the world than in others. In the US and UK, airlines operate up to 60% of flights from flights that were operating before pandemic levels.
This further increase in domestic travel resulted in a 34% increase in visits to Priority Pass lounges for the first half of 2021, compared to the second half of 2020. In a larger survey, 87% of travelers said they wanted to access spaces allowing for greater social distancing.
The recovery of air travel in the United States is the highest of any market in the world, with nearly 3.8 million flights taken in the past year, 95% of which are domestic flights. Trade show data shows US domestic travel hotspots include Miami, followed by shows in Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Orlando.
Globally, domestic flights are expected to reach 90% of their passenger capacity by April 2022. However, the recovery in international travel is expected to be patchy, with some regions rebounding faster than others. The United States, for example, is expected to be the first region to see flights regain pre-pandemic volumes, while APAC is expected to lag behind. Priority Pass predicts that salon visits will reach a recovery of over 60% in Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa, followed by Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, with Canada arriving last.
“It is clear that the travel industry is starting to recover strongly and the green shoots of regrowth are appearing on international and domestic flights,” said Andy Besant, director of travel experiences at Collinson, the operator of Priority. Pass. “Tracking the coverage of our lounges against flight models is key to our strategy; and we will continue to expand our offering and services to our members in the most relevant locations. “
Earlier this year, Priority Pass announced plans to add more than 150 airport lounges in 2021, including some 40 first and business class lounges across China via a partnership with China Southern Airlines. Other lounges added so far include Lufthansa’s business lounges in New York JFK, Newark and Washington Dulles, as well as new locations in Russia, Turkey, Egypt and India.