BA to cut legroom on short-haul flights

The airline is adding two extra rows of seats to its Airbus planes, which will reduce legroom from 30 inches to 29 inches.

It also means BA's legroom would be the same as low-priced rival easyJet, and less than on Ryanair flights.

"We will be flying to more than 78 short-haul destinations this year, with fares starting as low as $50".

British Airways was facing mounting criticism tonight over its plans to offer less legroom than Ryanair, after a leading U.S. aviation blogger lambasted the airline for adding more seats to its short-haul planes between London and Europe.

As a result, BA is now offering less room than Ryanair, although the Irish company will soon add another eight seats to its fleet.

BA's move follows its decision at the beginning of the year to drop free food on short-haul flights in order to cut fares and compete with budget airlines. "That's a hard reputation to win; and an easy one to lose".

Passengers on a British Airways flight this week faced a five-hour delay because the airline didn't have any toilet roll or complimentary headphones.

BA said previously it would begin charging for food in economy seating on short flights around Europe to bring in more revenue. The meal service received by Business (Club) and First customers has not been changed.

'BA are playing a risky game if they're trying to battle the budget airlines head on.

A BA spokesman said that its new range from M&S was "introduced as a direct result of feedback from customers who wanted more choice and better quality catering on our short-haul flights".

  • Zachary Reyes