Following the introduction of Marks & Spencer food on-board British Airways flights earlier this year*,  Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a guide comparing the in-flight food and drink available to purchase on-board short haul flights, helping passengers decide whether to pack-a-snack or buy on-board.

The research can be found in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website at and compares the price for various items available on-board 17 airlines, including Air Malta, Flybe and Ryanair.

One of the most popular meals on-the-go is undoubtedly a sandwich and 16 of the airlines researched offer at least one type, with the price varying from £3.10 for a cheddar cheese ploughman’s on-board British Airways flights to £8 for a turkey sandwich on-board WOW Air flights. The most common type of sandwich offered is surprisingly a vegetarian option, with 11 of the airlines researched listing at least one vegetarian sandwich in their in-flight menu and four including more than one veggie option.

Travellers partial to a tub of Pringles while travelling are in luck, since 11 airlines include a 40g tub on their in-flight menu, with the price varying from £1.80 with four airlines, including Flybe and Thomas Cook, to £3.63 for the same product on-board Icelandair flights. The lowest priced crisps available to purchase is a £1 packet of Seabrook crisps from Jet2, with other options including easy-to-share Boxerchips, priced at £2.26 with Ryanair, and Ireland’s Tayto crisps, sold by Aer Lingus for £1.37.

It’s important to stay hydrated while flying and fortunately all airlines researched sell water on-board, however the price does vary, with a 500ml bottle ranging from £1.80 with six airlines including British Airways, to £2.73 with four airlines including Aer Lingus and Air Berlin. Holidaymakers travelling with Air Malta should note that the airline initially supplies each passenger with a free small bottle of water, with each bottle priced at £1.83 thereafter.

For travellers looking to sit back with a hot drink and some chocolate prior to landing, the price for a regular coffee varies from £1.83 for a cup of Nescafé with Air Malta, to £2.73 with three airlines, including a cup of Lavazza coffee on Ryanair flights. The price for a KitKat chocolate bar ranges from £1.20 with two airlines, easyJet and British Airways, to £2.73 with Icelandair.

For those who want to celebrate the beginning of their holiday, the price of a 187ml bottle of wine ranges from £3.63 with Wizz Air to £7.26 with Icelandair. The price for a 330ml can of beer also varies from £2.73 for a Warsteiner on-board flights with Air Berlin or a can of Stella Artois on-board Brussels Airlines flights, to £6.35 with Icelandair. Economy travellers flying with TAP won’t need to rummage for their purse during their flight, since selected food and drink, including wine and one sandwich, is provided on a complimentary basis and similarly, Icelandair and Finnair offer passengers complimentary water and hot drinks.

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About Airport Parking and Hotels (APH)
Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is an award-winning airport parking operator and retailer, after winning the Best Airport Parking Company for a seventh year running at British Travel Awards 2016. This year APH also celebrated its 37th year as a retailer and operator of pre-booked airport parking and travel extras. APH offers parking at all major UK airports as well as airport hotels and airport lounges. As well as supporting the World Land Trust through the purchase of more than 1,000 acres of endangered rainforest, APH is also a proud corporate sponsor of the University of Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology, where the world’s most eminent experts come together in the quest to find new and innovative treatments.

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