….. although children under 2 are free!
London City Airport has revamped the lounge in the Jet Centre, used for private aircraft, and is now making it available for use by the general public.
(EDIT: but not if you are flying BA, see the PS.)
The lounge itself will not be giving Frankfurt’s First Class Terminal any major worries as you can see from the photographs here. Following a refurbishment it can now seat 18 passengers.
The key part of the service is not the lounge itself but the service around it. The Jet Centre has its own passport control and security channels, and you will be driven directly to your aircraft when it is time to depart. If you are travelling with luggage, it will be checked in on your behalf.
The service can also be booked in reverse, with passengers collected directly from an aircraft and driven to the Jet Centre for immigration and customs formalities. Slightly bizarrely, they offer to then drive you to the car park (no valet service here) or drop you at the DLR station. You can also arrange for a taxi or Uber to pick you up at the Jet Centre which they describe as “carrying on the VIP experience”.
To be honest, whoever wrote the text on the website clearly has no insight into the mind of the potential users of this facility. I’m not sure lines like this:
Light refreshments, catering, hot and cold drinks are all available from our First Class Lounge. However, if there is a special request to enhance your experience, remember you’re a VIP, don’t hesitate to ask.
…. inspire much confidence either! Business Traveller implied in an article yesterday that they do not even offer hot food at the moment.
PS. Since I wrote this piece, I have discovered that the service is NOT open to British Airways passengers because BA will not allow chauffeur transfer to or from their aircraft.