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Last week, I flew to Nice from London Gatwick. I had booked my flight from Heathrow, but due to a schedule change, my flight was moved to Gatwick. This in itself was only a minor inconvenience. Although Gatwick’s South Terminal is a major step down from Heathrow Terminal 5, I do like the British Airways Business airport lounge at this terminal.

What I liked less was the lack of a curtain between Club Europe (European Business Class) and Euro Traveller. Yes, the Club Europe seating remained the same; the usual squash of 3 standard Euro Traveller seats converted into two Business seats with a tray area in between. The service was the same too. Hot towel drink with cashew nuts and then classic British Airways afternoon tea (my flight left mid-afternoon).

But, there was no curtain separating those of us who had paid the extra to travel in Club Class from the Economy passengers, as you can see from the photo above.

I can’t tell you whether this is a new British Airways policy to further downgrade the meagre offerings in their European Business Class.

Will it put me off flying Club Europe? No, I rate the airport lounges that you get access to with a British Airways Club Europe flight when you fly out of London Gatwick or Heathrow. They offer great food (for a lounge!), and a relaxing environment pre-flight.

On the way back I am finding it less and less easy to justify flying Club Europe, even with my Avios. The pretty terrible lounges that you have access to at European airports certainly do not justify an extra expense. The declining in-flight experience also doesn’t justify the cost. I do however find the extra elbow room enables me to write during my flight, and 2 hours of work time is worth more than the cost of an upgrade.

The good news, for me, was that my flight had tailwinds and arrived into Nice 30 minutes early. Whether the disappearing curtain is a temporary occurrence or a permanent fixture remains to be seen…

Read my latest British Airways Business Class Reviews to see what you will experience travelling in “Club Europe” or “Club World” on British Airways.

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