British Airways brings back free refreshments on shorter flights years after they were scrapped
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British Airways is bringing back free refreshments for passengers, years after axing the much-loved perk.
Seven years ago, the airline announced it was getting rid of free tea and coffee for travellers.
Billed as a cost-cutting exercise, it meant passengers would have to fork out around £2.80 if they were a bit parched during their trip.
However, following the devastating impact of the Covid pandemic, BA bosses introduced the offer of a free bottle of water and snack.
And now, they've gone one step further by bringing back the classic tea and coffee combo - though there are some snags.
For a limited time only passengers flying with the carrier on 'longer short-haul' flights, which usually take at least five hours, will be offered a brew when they get on board.
The exciting news was broken by the Sunday Times.
A message sent out to staff by BA boss Sean Doyle explained that the move was part of the company's 'summer offer'.
It read: "We want to surprise and delight customers, and what's more delightfully British than a cup of tea?
"We’re looking at introducing this on some of our longer short-haul routes."
The offer will also see passengers travelling on long-haul flights in premium economy (World Traveller Plus) receive some ice cream and the offer of a pre-flight glass of fizz.
Sadly, however, if you're travelling with BA on one of their regular short-haul flights, you are unlikely to receive the free tea and coffee, sources claimed.
A spokesperson for British Airways said: "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."
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