A few weeks back news came out that Priority Pass, the third party lounge access program, would be losing most of Plaza Premium’s lounges as of July 2021. Despite that news Priority Pass is on track to grow their program beyond that and see them end 2021 on a high note with more lounges and experiences than ever. Here is an excerpt from the Priority Pass news release:
Priority Pass, the leading global airport lounge programme, has announced it will add over 150 new luxury airport lounges across the world in 2021. Alongside 100 new premium dining and relaxation experiences and railway and sea port lounges, this represents 20% growth for the network. This announcement comes at the same time that evidence mounts that travel is set to return, with encouraging growth in domestic travel in the US, China and Russia, as well as recent announcements such as the EU saying that vaccinated travellers will be welcomed without restrictions. But the needs of travellers have also changed – with premium experiences more in demand than ever.
Priority Pass has already added 32 new airport lounges this year – including Lufthansa Business lounges in New York Airport (JFK), Newark International Airport (EWR) and Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), and 14 lounges in China alone. Other new lounges have been added in locations important to Priority Pass Members such as Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and India. Priority Pass has also added 8 new premium dining experiences.
The Priority Pass network is a mix of partnerships as well as lounges owned by its sister company, Airport Dimensions, both owned by Collinson Group. Airport Dimensions has continued opening new lounges and sleep and rest experiences during the pandemic and is positioned to achieve a 483% growth in locations since 2015. Last week, Airport Dimensions announced new lounges at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, due to open later this year. These add to previously announced lounges under development in the new Harvey Milk Terminal at San Francisco International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport, all of which will be included in the Priority Pass network.
As you can see Priority Pass will grow over 1,500 lounges and experiences by the end of the year and hopes are many of those additions will be in locations where Plaza Premium lounges were predominant (for example, here in Canada 13 of 21 Priority Pass lounges are Plaza Premium so that’s a lot of lounge access potentially being lost) We should learn more over the coming few months as to where more of these Priority Pass additions will happen.
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