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Article from BTNews 5 SEPTEMBER 2016

London City & Luton to New York

Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority show that in May La Compagnie (BO), the French-owned ‘Business Class only’ airline, carried 2,014 passengers against 1,152 in May, a 75% increase over 12 months earlier, the service starting that April. This compares well with BA’s London City product, which is not non-stop, and was down 6% to 1,745.

January 896 LTN   1417 LCY (+2)
February 1662 LTN   1798 LCY (+16%) 
March 1667 LTN   1832 LCY (-12%)
April 1584 LTN   1620 LCY (-11%)

For the full year 2015, the London City operation was down 12% at 21,375 and in eight months La Compagnie carried 12,600 passengers and is predicted (by BTN) to reach 25,000 for 2016.

The La Compagnie five-times-weekly service to Newark – daily except Tuesdays and Fridays – is operated by B757-200 with 74 seats that convert to angled flatbeds. British Airways offers a 32-seat A318 but the seat is not fully flat.

In the meantime, BA is cutting its service at the end of October to a single flight each day and no Shannon immigration pre-clearance. London City passengers do have the alternative of routeing through Dublin with either BA or CityJet and then a choice of carriers to the US using the well-established passport control operation.



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Malcolm Ginsberg,

On Monday morning La Compagnie announced that the LTN-JFK route was closing (or as they put it – being suspended) from 25 September. Sadly, they were not the most communitive of operators and it is a pity that BTN was not informed with an embargo. Air travellers and the travel trade deserve a better service.