British Airways plans to squeeze in more passengers on some planes it flies to European cities. The carrier is shrinking the legroom on some flights, giving clients less space than a Ryanair plane.
Passengers on British Airways short-haul flights will soon have less legroom. According to reports, from next year there will be a “small increase” in the number of seats on Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. Reports suggest that the airline is going to add two extra rows in the Economy section of the cabin, allowing for up to 12 extra passengers. This will reduce average legroom by 1 inch per seat, to just 29 inches. That means the amount of space will be one inch less than on Ryanair aircraft.
A British Airways spokesperson said the move would help to keep fares low. BA have 68 A320 planes and 18 A321s aircraft in its fleet. The number of seats will be the same as the total on Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling, which are also owned by BA’s parent company IAG.
Last November the airline said it would increase the number of economy seats on its long-haul Boeing 777 aircraft by almost a fifth, from 280 to 332. That means each row in economy class will have 10 seats.