Travelers in the US are among those most likely to choose to have their own lounge in the country, but it’s not just about the cost of the accommodation, as a new study suggests.

    Key points:Belfast Airport lounge is the country’s top choice in terms of cost, but the data shows the number of international travellers who use it has droppedOver a third of travellers in Australia choose to use a lounge in a foreign countryThis data also suggests that international travellers are more likely to have a lounge that is close to home (ie within a 20 minute walk) compared to the country they are travelling toThe new study by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) also shows that the number and quality of international airfares are becoming more expensive.

    The AICD study looked at how many domestic flights were flown between two cities and found that for each increase in domestic fares, the number by which international travellers flew between them decreased by 0.4%.

    On average, domestic travellers flying from Sydney to Brisbane to Melbourne spent 4.3 hours on the flight, compared to 4.2 hours on domestic flights from Brisbane to Sydney.

    However, the cost to travel by air from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Brisbane was less than 1 per cent of the total cost of travel.

    The cost to fly between Sydney and Melbourne and Melbourne to Sydney by air was less 1 per of the cost.

    It’s a similar story for domestic flights between Brisbane and Perth, but that was about one per cent less than the cost for travel from Sydney by sea.

    It suggests that the use of domestic flights for international travel is on the decline in Australia, with domestic flights used less by international travellers than by domestic travellers.

    This may explain why Australian airports are so popular in the Middle East, which has a long history of having very low airfare levels.

    In 2016, airfaring in Egypt fell by nearly 70 per cent compared to 2016 levels, while flights from London to Cairo were down about 50 per cent.

    This year, the AICd study found that domestic flights had fallen by about 75 per cent in Australia compared to previous years, which suggests that domestic airfames are in decline.


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