July 10, 2019: Customer benefits and loyalty company Collinson has announced an undisclosed multi-million-dollar investment into India to fuel its airport experiences programme, Priority Pass™.
Priority Pass currently has in its suite 45 airport lounges in 20 Indian cities and global network of more than 1,200 lounges and airport experiences. Collinson hopes to double its lounge portfolio in India over the next three years. It said it is also in partnership discussions with several innovative Indian technology service providers to ensure it can deliver bespoke solutions in India.
David Evans, joint CEO of Collinson said, “India is a vital market and one we see on a par with China in terms of growth potential. With 1.7 billion domestic passengers having flown in 20171 and outbound travellers expected to reach 50 million by 20202, the influence of the Indian traveller is only going to increase."
Collinson’s wholly-owned and operated airport infrastructure business, Airport Lounge Development (ALD), is also working with airports across India to identify opportunities to open its own exclusive lounges and airport amenities to meet the growing demand of domestic and international travellers. ALD is an established leader in the airport lounge space in the US and Europe and is now bringing its successful business model to the Indian market.
“Having had success with emerging markets such as China, Russia and Brazil, and a presence in India for 15 years, working with 42 clients, it’s exciting to triple our investment in India. We look forward to building out our lounge inventory and our own airport infrastructure, creating more locally relevant propositions and further strengthening our team on the ground with additional skilled local resource, and partnering with Indian businesses to redefine the airport experience for the benefit of domestic and international travellers,” added Evans.