Lounge and airport experience provider Priority Pass is to increase its fees for chargeable lounge visits later this year.

Customers currently pay £15 per visit over and above their inclusive membership plan, a rate which will increase to £20 from October 1.

The group said it had been ten years since it last increased its fees, adding that during this time “we have done all we can to absorb the rising costs of providing airport lounge access to our Members”.

“We have unfortunately reached the point where we need to make an adjustment to our prices to maintain the quality offering of Priority Pass,” the group said.

Priority Pass stressed that the number of complimentary visits included in individuals’ membership plans will not change. For instance Standard Plus membership offers ten free visits, and Prestige membership offers unlimited free visits.

But those members on the Standard plan will have to pay the new £20 fee for all visits after October 1, and all guest visit fees will be charged at the new rate from this date.

The group passed 1,200 facilities worldwide earlier this year, expanding beyond the traditional lounge offering with new dining, spa and relaxation experiences.

Subscribers to Business Traveller can receive up to 20 per cent off Priority Pass membership.