BA to charge for seat selection
British Airways is to start charging passengers a fee if they wish to choose their seats before they travel, as part of its latest attempt to bolster its balance sheet.
The airline has already cut luggage allowances and scrapped free meals on short flights after reporting a £401 million loss in the last financial year.
BA will start imposing fees, which range between £10 to £60, on people who want to make sure they sit together on a flight or to secure a preferred seating area such as by the window or aisle.
The charges will come into effect from 7 October. BA says the charge will "give customers more control over their seating options".
Passengers will pay an extra £10 to choose a seat on an economy-class trip within Europe, £20 on a long-haul economy or short business-class flight and £60 for long-haul business passengers.
To get an emergency-exit row seat will cost passengers an additional £50.
Airlines across the world have struggled as a result of the record-high jet fuel prices in the summer of 2008 and a huge drop in passenger traffic and international air cargo volume due to the financial crisis.
Companies have been forced to slash the number of flights as consumer spending tightened.