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First of all big fan! I have a question that I think I think could be useful for many. That is do you think that British Airways Club World London City is worth it? When you reviewed it back 6-7 years ago it seemed like a great product, however now is it worth it? First of all the flight stops in Shannon which is to also clear immigration. Now with many buissness travelers having global entry and many US airports having APC, immigration is much quicker so it is less of a hassle. Also although you avoid Heathrow, you still have to deal with JFK which takes forever for bags and can be a drive from the city. Next the seat is not cutting edge anymore. Other then BA, many airlines offer a far better product with direct aisle access. Not to mention many having full wifi (not just for mobile devices as BA has on the a318) and built in AVOD (not iPads). For Example you can take American from LHR-JFK, take a quick 20-30 minute train to LHR, fast track through security, board a plane with a seat with guerentied direct aisle access, avod and wifi. Land at JFK directly and quidkly go through immigration via APC or Global Entry. You are getting a better product and does it really take longer than the club world? I can understand the all buissness class is nice and the flight direct from JFK-LCY can save time to not clear immigration at LHR, but other then that most seem to offer better. If they flew from LCY-LGA via Shannon then maybe that would be more cutting edge but at this point it doesn’t seem so as much. I know you don’t travel directly for buissness on a set schedule across the Atlantic but as someone big in knowing the airline industry, do you think BAs Club World London City is worth it?
More and more people are getting Global Entry and I’ve read some blog posts where the new Mobile Passport app (which is free) is even faster than Global Entry. Regardless, clearing customs at an outstation is more about preventing people from entering the US before they get to US soil and not about how quickly the pass US Customs.
I think BA still has enough of a market to serve LCY-JFK though they did reduce frequencies recently.
LGA is wishful thinking though – there are self-imposed perimeter restrictions and I’m not sure those are going away anytime soon. There are very few exceptions to the rule and even then, there are restrictions to those exceptions. Also, of BA was given an exception to fly LCY-SNN-LGA-LCY, other airlines might want a similar exception for TATL flights.
I think most of the benefit to the LCY-JFK operation is about the convenience of getting to and from the city of London – not New York.
Good point about the perimeter restrictions, which got me to wondering about WHY that restriction exists. Only flights under 1500 miles may land at LGA (except on Saturdays and except from Denver). Apparently the reason the rule was implemented was to help drive traffic to JFK in its early days. Obviously that’s no longer needed. I see some articles from early 2015 that indicate there might be a challenge to that rule but I never heard about it getting changed so I assume nothing happened with it.
Honestly, I hope the perimeter rule stays for awhile. LGA was an annoying airport to get to/from before the construction and it’s not going to get better anytime soon.
The same situation with restrictions exists for Love Field and DCA. All political decisions to favor the growth of one airport.