British Airways has officially called time on its all business class service between London City airport and New York JFK.

The daily route launched in September 2009 and shortly after it was increased to twice daily, although this was pared back to one flight per day in 2016.

The unique service was operated by 32-seat A318 aircraft, offering a special Club World London City seat, and operating under the prestigious BA001 and BA002 flight numbers (previously used by Concorde).

Flights routed via Shannon for refuelling on the outbound leg, where passengers were able to complete US immigration checks, thus bypassing normal checks on arrival into New York.

In March, following the onset of Covid-19, BA suspended reservations for the route until September, and the carrier has now provided Business Traveller with confirmation that the service has been dropped.

“As we adapt to the decrease in passenger demand as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic we can confirm that we will no longer operate our business class-only flights from London City to New York, JFK via Shannon,” a spokesperson said.

BA’s sole remaining A318 is also set to exit the fleet.

Business Traveller reviewed the Club World London City service shortly after it launched:

Flight review: British Airways A318 London City to New York