New figures from Airport Dimensions, a lounge and airport experience operator, could suggest a trend in how some elements of the non-aeronautical revenue mix will remain strong performers as we emerge into a post-Covid era, and how spending patterns may change as the airport business begins to recover. The company reports that occupancy levels at its new Sleep Lounges at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) are exceeding its expectations and even achieving pre-Covid levels of occupancy during a travel downturn.
Airport Dimensions says that the 50-bed Sleep Lounge at DOH has grown occupancy every month to record levels, just six months after opening in September 2020. Meanwhile, the 22-bed facility at DXB Terminal 3 Concourse C – which launched in late November 2020 – is also trading well, with occupancy levels in line with pre-Covid expectations. Combined, both Sleep Lounges have already provided for in excess of 100,000 guest hours of rest or social distancing to travellers at these two Gulf mega hubs.
The Sleep Lounges provide travellers with a private space in the airport, giving passengers the opportunity to relax and socially distance while travelling. Single, couple, family pod and cabin options are available, with regular disinfection conducted using specialised nanotechnology disinfectants.
Errol McGlothan, managing director (EMEA & APAC) at Airport Dimensions stated, “The uptake of our sleep ‘n fly Sleep Lounges in Doha and Dubai is very strong, and our private spaces are in high demand in spite of the challenges the travel industry is still facing. This undoubtedly reflects a shift in traveller needs and patterns. Despite Covid-19, people still want to fly, but more passengers are now looking for a private, hygienic and comfortable space to relax at the airport due to longer dwell times and the desire to socially distance from fellow travellers. Airport Dimensions is… looking forward to bringing further growth to this sector in the coming months.”