What to expect from airlines when it comes to food and drink

Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a table telling us whether or not food and drink is included when flying and if not how much we can expect to spend onboard, as well as specialty meal options and discounted offers.

Our research found the majority of airlines include a small snack and drinks on short haul flights. EmiratesCathay PacificQuantas GroupVirgin Atlantic and Thai Airways provide a range of meal options, hot, cold and alcoholic beverages all inclusive in the price of a ticket. At the other end of the scale, budget airlines such as BMI Baby,EasyJetFlybe and Ryanair charge for all snacks, meals and drinks. Other airlines including Japan AirlinesMonarch and US Airways charge for snacks and meals but do provide complimentary tea, coffee and water.

Some airlines such as Continental AirlinesDelta AirlinesEasyJet and United Airlines offer money saving deals in the form of snack boxes which typically include crisps, chocolate, crackers and cheese. A snack box will cost between £4.50 and £8.00 depending on your airline and choice of snack box. Monarch offer an online discount if you order your meal online at least 24 hours before your flight.

All airlines that include a complimentary in-flight meal offer specialty meal options, for example: vegetarian, low fat, diabetic, Muslim and child meals. The airlines that don’t provide in-flight meals included in the ticket price do have vegetarian options on their menu.

Airport Parking and Hotels Ltd is one of the UK’s leading booking agencies and this year celebrates its 31st year as a retailer and operator of pre-booked airport parking and travel extras. APH offers parking at all major UK airports plus airport hotels packaged with parking and airport lounges. APH is also a carbon balanced company and has, through the World Land Trust, helped purchase more than 1,000 acres of endangered rainforest.

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Director of Sales for the Candlewood Suites located in Secaucus, NJ.
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