17 APRIL 2017
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Growing controversy over the trend of airlines to charge for inflight food and drink that used to be free has led the industry website Cheapflights to produce a survey on average meal costs so passengers can find the best deals.
Cheapflights’ analysis of the most popular airlines used by British travellers flying short-haul reveals two-thirds are now charging, with British Airways in the mid to steep end of the scale, Eurowings winning and Icelandair the most expensive.
Its comparison was based on the cost of an average meal of a sandwich, packet of crisps, a glass of wine and a hot drink. BA’s price was £12.55, Eurowings £11.80 and Icelandair £14.45. Crisps ranged from just £1 on BA or Jet2 to £2.50 on Norwegian and £2.55 on Icelandair.
Cheapflights said passengers seeking alcoholic refreshment should be prepared for a hefty bill, with a G&T with Iberia costing an “eye-watering” £9.80, a “hefty” £6.50 on Ryanair, Norwegian or Aer Lingus, or a “more reasonable” £4.70 on Air Berlin.
A 300ml can of beer is generally around £4 but as high as £5.10 on Icelandair, while a bottle of water on Eurowings, Air Berlin, Ryanair or Aer Lingus is £2.55.
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