Collinson’s Priority Pass’ latest travel survey reveals that frequent travellers are ready to fly as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Around 22,000 members of the Priority Pass programme were surveyed regarding the recent changes to their air travel behaviours and expectations, and what measures would restore their confidence.

According to this, survey the pandemic has brought global travel to a halt, but nearly three in four frequent flyers (71 per cent) are ready to return to travel either immediately or within the next three to six months.

However, unpredictable factors such as quarantine and border controls represent travellers’ top concerns about returning to air travel with 74 per cent identifying this as a worry. Therefore, half of the travellers are willing to pay for a Covid-19 test to help ease travel restrictions.

Frequent travellers plan to increase their use of the airport lounge upon returning to travel and “they want a new airport experience that is contactless and more digital.”

In the Asia Pacific region, two out of five travellers are willing to pay for a PCR test. Approximately 66 per cent respondents would be willing to pay for access to an airport lounge where guest numbers are controlled and social distancing is maintained.

About 82 per cent of the travellers expect to see a rise in contactless payments.

Priyanka Lakhani, Commercial Director Middle East and Africa and Director South Asia, Collinson said, “With travel gradually picking up in India, it is clear that Indians are still avid travellers with a desire to travel either for business or leisure.

“Keeping in mind the need for safety and hygiene measures by travellers, Collinson has introduced multiple initiatives including a new digital “ready-to-order” solution that will be piloted in select partner lounges, a set of global health and safety guidelines for the Priority Pass airport lounge network and contactless access to lounges to support customers taking to the skies again.”