People have been reporting that they are receiving notifications of downgrades from Club Europe to EuroTraveller on British Airways flights. This is happening on three routes out of Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland.
The reason given is that Club Europe is no longer available on those services. All European BA flights offer business class, and removing it from these routes is interesting to say the least.
Three Routes Missing Club Europe
Each flight is from Belfast City to other regional cities within the UK. These are the domestic routes serving Glasgow, Exeter and Leeds Bradford in Scotland and England.
Club Europe was introduced on all British Airways domestic routes from 1 April 2017, so it is surprising to see it being removed from selected routes. There must be a reason and it appears there is.
Apparently it is a combination of logistical issues – which would presumably mean the catering – and the very short flight times. Considering that Belfast City to Glasgow has a block time of 40 minutes, I would be surprised anyone could actually eat the food let alone be served it!
That being said, Exeter is 1 hour and 10 minutes which should be ample, while Leeds Bradford is 55 minutes, so sort of in between. Hopefully the people being impacted by this are getting refunded appropriately.
It curious that these three routes have been chosen. All are operated by BA CityFlyer, who in my experience have extremely excellent crews, but I’m sure that has nothing to do with it.
Either way, those short domestic flights have no Club Europe for the foreseeable future. I’ll be interested to see if it is restored or if this is the new normal.
Have you been impacted by a downgrade from Club Europe to EuroTraveller on one of the three routes out of Belfast City? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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