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Published on : Friday, December 2, 2016
Charging for meals would remove one of the last onboard differences between BA and its budget rivals, but help the national carrier compete on fares. BA has already added charges for checking in bags, brought in under the guise of discounts for hand-luggage-only fares.
Six weeks before BA ends its policy of complimentary catering for economy passengers flying domestically and within Europe, media reports suggest that the airline is now selling snacks on long-haul flight, rather than giving them away.
Previously passengers were able to ask staff in the galley for items such as crisps or chocolate.
A spokesperson for BA said the snacks are part of the inflight sale options.
The airline says that on the longest routes it will serve two hot meals as well as providing a “mid-flight snack box” free of charge.
From 11th January, 2017, British Airways will be selling Marks & Spencer snacks on board its short-haul planes to and from Heathrow and Gatwick.