How in-flight food and booze can cost THREE TIMES more on different airlines

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A FREE in-flight meal is as rare as a short airport security queue these days.

But even though most airlines charge for food on drink on short-haul flights, which company you choose to fly with can make a big difference to your pocket change.

 The cost of food and drink on different short-haul airlines

The cost of food and drink on different short-haul airlines

Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a guide comparing the cost of in-flight food and drink on short haul flights – and some of the differences between airlines are enormous.

They compared the price for various items available on-board 17 airlines, including Air Malta, Flybe and Ryanair – and some airlines charged almost three times as much for an item.

Sixteen of the 17 airlines featured in the study sold sandwiches, but there was a price difference of almost £5 between the most and least expensive.

For instance, while a cheddar cheese ploughman’s on-board British Airways flights costs £3.10, a passenger ordering a turkey sandwich on a WOW Air flight would have to hand over £8.

 British Airways started charging passengers for meals earlier this year - even though they serve M&S food, it is considerably cheaper than most airlines

British Airways
British Airways started charging passengers for meals earlier this year – even though they serve M&S food, it is considerably cheaper than most airlines

The cost of a holiday tipple also varied greatly depending on the airline, with the price of a 187ml bottle of wine ranging from £3.63 with Wizz Air to £7.26 with Icelandair.

The price for a 330ml can of beer also rose from £2.73 for a Warsteiner on-board flights with Air Berlin or a can of Stella Artois on-board Brussels Airlines flights, to £6.35 with Icelandair.

For those passengers looking to stay hydrated in the air, the price does varies considerably.

A 500ml bottle ranges from £1.80 at six airlines including British Airways, to £2.73 with four airlines including Aer Lingus and Air Berlin.

 The cost of a holiday tipple varied greatly depending on the airline, with the price of a 187ml bottle of wine ranging from £3.63 with Wizz Air to £7.26 with Icelandair

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The cost of a holiday tipple varied greatly depending on the airline, with the price of a 187ml bottle of wine ranging from £3.63 with Wizz Air to £7.26 with Icelandair

Holidaymakers travelling with Air Malta each get a free small bottle of water though, with each bottle priced at £1.83 thereafter.

Some airlines are still providing full old-fashioned hospitality to their passengers too.

Economy travellers flying with Portugal’s TAP airline won’t need to rummage for their purse during their flight, since selected food and drink, including wine and one sandwich, is free.

Meanwhile, Icelandair and Finnair offer passengers complimentary water and hot drinks.

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