British Airways dismisses meal charge claims as 'complete speculation'

British Airways dismisses meal charge claims as 'complete speculation'

British Airways has dismissed as “complete speculation” media reports that it plans to join budget rivals and start charging for in-flight meals.

The airline was reported to be considering ending its long-held policy of free food and drinks on short haul flights.

New chief executive Alex Cruz, promoted from Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling within the International Airlines Group stable, is looking at the option as a way of enabling cheaper headline fares, the reports suggest.

The Independent said the meal changes could include bringing in Waitrose as a supplier of high-quality snacks.

Cruz took over at BA last month, having founded Spanish low-cost carrier Clickair in 2006, which later merged with Vueling.

BA said the reports were "complete speculation".

A spokesman told the BBC: "We are constantly reviewing every element of the experience our customers receive, including the in-flight catering, to ensure we're delivering what they want.

"Everything we do is with our customers in mind and we will make changes that reflect their feedback."

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