British Airways to cut legroom in some of its short haul flights

Published on : Tuesday, March 7, 2017

British AirwaysBritish Airways is planning to reduce the legroom from 30 inches to 29  on some of its planes, which is less than Ryanair.


The move, which would make BA’s legroom the same as easyJet’s, will make space for an extra two rows of seats to carry 12 more fliers. Ryanair’s gap is 30 inches.


A BA spokesperson said that the move would help to keep fares low. He said that, from next year they will make a small increase to the number of seats on their A320 and A321 fleet which will help them to keep the fares low.


The move by BA follows its efforts to offer a service more akin to that of its budget rivals by scrapping the free snacks and drink passengers used to get in economy class on short-haul flights.


But BA was warned that squeezing bigger profits risked removing one of the last differences between the airline and its no-frills rivals.


The Airbus A320 and A321 planes being adapted are to be used on routes from Heathrow and Gatwick to Europe.


The industry standard for such flights is legroom of 31 or 32 inches. This will still be the gap on BA’s long-haul planes.


The squeeze, due to begin next year, follows plans to add a tenth seat to each row on BA’s long-haul Boeing 777 planes.


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