Travellers who book flights with British Airways and want seats next to their friends or by aisles and windows will have to pay in future, it has been announced.

British Airways (BA) is considering charging its customers extra if they require certain seat allocations on its flights, it has emerged.

The airline revealed that those who want to sit together, book aisle or window seats and those close to emergency exits may have to pay extra upon booking in the future.

From October 7th, the firm plans to introduce the fees, which range from £10 per person on European economy flights to £60 per head during long-haul trips or for those in business class.

“Customers frequently request specific seats, but in the past we’ve only been able to confirm them 24 hours in advance or on the day,” a BA spokeswoman said.

She added that BA is aware that people want to secure their desired seats sooner and the new initiative will allow them to do this.

As the economic downturn continued to impact upon the company’s profits, in June BA chief executive Willie Walsh asked the airline’s 40,000 employees to work without wages for one month.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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