Kourtney Kardashian. Megan Fox. Winnie Harlow. Sharon Stone. These are just a few of the names in bold that have experienced Universal Sky Services VIP treatment when navigating through the airport.
They are known for their bespoke airport escort services that range from bypassing lines and security to otherwise unfathomable rich experiences in an airport setting – think Michelin star menus while waiting to board at select airports. The two founders behind this service, Anna Kunakkuzina and Elena Ermolenko, plan these fast and secure transfers for CEOs, diplomats, royals and major fashion brands, such as Dolce and Gabbana, who depend on them to execute flawless transits of their VIP guests to their famous events such as the couture show.
While Universal Sky Services caters to rarefied echelons of society, they are also used by travelers who value time and security in their travels. With packages starting around €300-350 for a VIP meet and greet service for 2 people at most European airports, the service is considerably affordable.
“Our professional VIP hospitality team personally escorts passengers through all airport checkpoints, including immigration control, security checks and baggage claim,” says co-founder Kunakkuzina. “Our job is to ensure that our customers are always attended to first with maximum time saved for exclusive VIP lounge amenities. day, the airport and how quickly the airline unloads the baggage.
While the summer of 2022 is expected to be one of the busiest for travel since the start of the pandemic, these services are becoming all the more coveted as congestion and airport queues are expected to fill with travelers during the summer months. According to the AAA’s 2022 Memorial Day holiday travel forecast, more than 39 million people traveled over the last weekend of Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff of the summer season in the United States. , of which 3 million traveled by plane. On the Thursday and Friday before the long weekend, the TSA screened about 2.4 million passengers according to popular travel blog, The Points Guy. This 8.9% increase exceeds more than pandemic levels of travel, it is the strongest growth in travel seen since 2010 and the figures show volume comparable to the same period in 2017.
In addition to pandemic fatigue, the AAA report also discusses the role the economy is playing in the increase in travel this summer. In the report, they cite a 2.9% increase in GDP from a year ago, while the unemployment rate is expected to fall to 3.6%, which even with inflation, rising prices and wavering consumer confidence, means that more people will have more consumable goods. income and lead to an increase in consumer spending.
With all this congestion, these specialist airport services also provide much-needed protection against exposure to Covid-19. Despite an increase in Covid cases in the United States last week to 109,643 per day from the Thursday before Memorial Day – which, according to our own article published here, is almost 5 times higher than cases reported at the same period last year – people are still not deterred from getting on a plane, which is why so many Universal Sky Services customers are also using them as a Covid precaution bypassing long congested lines.
This becomes especially important during important calendar events when airport traffic is further increased, such as Art Basel, the Oscars, Paris Fashion Week and the Grammys. The founders have already seen a huge increase in demand around the Monaco Grand Prix, which took place last weekend, and expect a surge in demand around the upcoming Paris Haute Couture and Fashion Milan weekend.
“Our most popular package is a combination of VIP arrival and departure. However, many customers also choose separate services such as VIP arrival, VIP connection, VIP departure or VVIP terminal service,” explains Ermolenko. , which describes the latter as the ultimate in luxury airport service.VVIP terminal service offers exclusive access to a private terminal from which the aircraft can be accessed via a luxury car transfer across the tarmac. Customers never even need to enter the airport.
Universal Sky services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a customer service model based on knowing each passenger’s personal travel preferences with the assistance of a dedicated customer service team. This has earned them loyal customers, such as some of the biggest luxury brands in the world. They are also using technology to make the experience even more seamless with the release of their app later this year, which will make it easier to book and contact their host as well as booking other details such as car service. .
The packages are fully customizable, although the founders say they have a few favorites. “We are always very excited to plan a VVIP Terminal experience. It is a very unique, truly bespoke and premium luxury service with features varying from terminal to terminal,” explains Ermolenko.
“Our most favorite service to plan is the VVIP terminal at Heathrow Airport in London with its luxury amenities and seasonal menu from the British star chef, and the VVIP terminal at Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris with a luxury limousine service to a private VIP lounge And of course the private suite at LAX airport, a true head of state style experience with its own separate terminal, individual luxury suites and then straight to the airplane in private car on the tarmac.