BA offers less legroom than Ryanair on some planes

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British Airways is set to squeeze in more passengers on some planes it flies to European cities.

From next 2016 the airline said there will be a “small increase” in the number of seats on its Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.

There are suggestions that this will amount to two extra rows, or 12 seats in total.

That will reduce average leg room for passengers by 1 inch per seat, to just 29 inches.

That amount of space will be the same as Easyjet planes, but one inch less than on Ryanair aircraft.

A BA spokesperson said the move would help to keep fares low.

The increase would bring the number of seats on BA planes to 180. That is the same as the total on Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling, which are also owned by BA’s parent company IAG.

Airbus planes operated by Easyjet already have 180 seats, but that number will soon rise by six, while Ryanair will squeeze another eight seats on its planes.

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