Airtel Africa Premier customers to get access to airport lounges with Priority Pass™

11/3/2014

London: Priority Pass, the world’s largest independent airport lounge access program, has been selected by Airtel as a premium benefit for its exclusive Premier customer base in Africa.

In a first for the African mobile telecoms market, members of Airtel’s Premier program will receive a complimentary Priority Pass membership (standard annual rate US$99) – giving them access to a growing network of over 700 airport lounges globally. This will give Airtel customers the opportunity to get away from the crowds and access an oasis of calm in lounges that offer refreshments, comfortable seating and other services that will enhance their journey. Airtel’s Premier customers simply need to show their Priority Pass membership card to enter participating lounges at over 400 cities in more than 120 countries worldwide.

The African mobile market is growing quicker than any other continent and now has a penetration rate of 75%.* But alongside this growth the industry is facing significant challenges around the high level of customer churn, which increased from 8% in 2007 to 38% in 2011**. It is therefore increasingly important for Telcos to offer their customers effective loyalty initiatives that are relevant to the needs of the customer.

By delivering Priority Pass as a highly valued benefit to its most valuable customers, Airtel’s Premier proposition will continue to set the pace in a highly competitive market-place. Provided to Airtel’s customers in 17 countries across the region, the offering sets a bench-mark on how innovative operators can build engaging and attractive propositions to acquire and retain the best customers.

Priority Pass General Manager EMEA, Errol McGlothan said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Airtel to provide Priority Pass as an exclusive benefit to its Premier subscribers. This is an exciting and innovative enhancement to the Premier program and will give Airtel a point of differentiation while also rewarding its most loyal customers. We look forward to Premier customers enjoying the benefits of Priority Pass, our airport VIP lounge membership which is already highly valued by discerning travellers across the globe.”

Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer at Airtel Africa added: “In a highly competitive market, continuing to acknowledge the loyalty of our Premier customers is very important for us. The addition of airport lounge membership to the exceptional benefits and services that we already deliver as part of this membership is further evidence of this.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

Information sources:
* http://www.itwebafrica.com/mobile/339-africa/233317-africas-average-mobile-penetration-rate-hits-75
**http://mobilesquared.co.uk/media/27844/Operator-Perspective-on-bundling-monetisation-and-loyalty_White-Paper_2013.pdf

Priority Pass
Priority Pass (www.prioritypass.com) provides frequent travelers with airport lounge access, irrespective of their class of travel, airline flown or existing membership in an airline loyalty program. Launched in 1992, Priority Pass now offers more than 700 airport lounges worldwide in 400 cities in over 120 countries.

Priority Pass is part of the Collinson Group, a global leader in shaping and influencing customer behaviour to drive revenue and value for its clients. It offers a unique blend of industry and sector specialists who together provide market-leading experience in delivering products and services across four core capabilities: Loyalty, Lifestyle Benefits, Insurance, and Assistance. The Collinson Group has in excess of 25 years’ experience, with 28 global locations, servicing over 800 clients in 150 countries, employing over 1,400 staff, managing over 20 million end customers.

Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 300 million customers across its operations at the end of August 2014. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com.