British Airways brings back free tea and coffee for flyers seven years after they were axed… but only on some of the airline’s routes
- It is part of airline’s ‘summer offer’ which includes ice cream on long-haul flights
It used to be one of the best-loved perks of flying with British Airways.
So passengers will be cheered by the news that free tea and coffee is making a comeback – but only on certain routes.
There was an outcry when complimentary food and drink were axed seven years ago as part of cost-cutting measures implemented by then BA boss Alex Cruz.
Since then, the offer of a free bottle of water and snack has returned on short-haul flights after being introduced as a goodwill gesture during the pandemic.
Now passengers flying on what BA used to classify as ‘mid-haul’ routes to Cairo and Amman are being offered a complimentary cup of tea or coffee, saving them £2.80.
Sources said there were currently no plans for free hot drinks to return to the rest of BA’s short-haul network
It is part of the airline’s ‘summer offer’ which includes ice cream on long-haul flights
In a message to staff last week revealed by the Sunday Times, Mr Cruz’s successor, Sean Doyle, said: ‘We want to surprise and delight customers, and what’s more delightfully British than a cup of tea?’
It is part of the airline’s ‘summer offer’ which includes ice cream on long-haul flights and the return of pre-takeoff sparkling wine in premium economy (World Traveller Plus).
Sources said there were currently no plans for free hot drinks to return to the rest of BA’s short-haul network, with the offer open only to passengers flying to and from the Jordanian and Egyptian capitals.
However the routes are operated by the same aircraft as those flying to European destinations, giving travellers reason to hope.
‘This summer we are offering customers travelling on some of our longer short-haul flights complimentary tea and coffee as part of our surprise and delight initiative,’ a BA spokesman said.
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