British Airways considers meal charges for short flights, reports suggest
British Airways passengers could be charged for meals on short-haul flights to help the airline compete with budget rivals, according to media reports.
It has been widely reported the airline is considering ending its long-held policy of free food and drinks.
New chief executive Alex Cruz is looking at the option as a way of enabling cheaper headline fares, the reports suggest.
British Airways said the reports were "complete speculation".
The Independent said the meal changes could include bringing in Waitrose as a supplier of high-quality snacks.
Mr Cruz took over at British Airways last month after running the company's sister airline Vueling.
He has experience at budget airlines, having founded Spanish low-cost carrier Clickair in 2006, which later merged with Vueling.
A British Airways spokesman said: "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."
Revenue declined 1% at British Airways last year to £11.6bn, although operating profit increased 41% to £1.4bn.