British Airways has revised the schedule of its all-business-class service from London City to New York JFK on the back of changes to the staffing regime of US immigration officials based at Shannon airport.
The twice-daily service, operated with a 32-seat Airbus A318, lands at Shannon to refuel on the outward leg. BA uses this stop to allow passengers to pre-clear US immigration, enabling them to avoid lengthy queues at JFK.
However, the US Customs and Border Protection office at Shannon is to shorten its opening hours from 28 October and will now close at 14.30. Therefore, only one BA flight per day, BA001, will benefit from the pre-clearance service.
In addition, the Oneworld carrier has rescheduled BA001 so that it will now depart at 09.50 from London City, arriving at JFK at 14.20 local. Current schedules see it depart London City at 13.00 for an arrival at 17.15 local time.
The later flight, BA003, will continue to depart at 16.00.
BA says it is too early to assess the potential impact of the partial loss of the pre-clearance facility on the three-year-old route.