British Airways is understood to be removing the hot meal service offered to economy passengers on its longer ‘Band 4’ short-haul routes.

Sources within the airline state that the hot dishes will be replaced by a chilled snack, and the news has been discussed on our forum today.

The flights affected are those to Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul, Larnaca, St Petersburg and Sofia.

The move will allow the carrier to cater for the outbound and inbound flights from Heathrow.

A spokesperson for BA said:

“We are moving to ‘return catering’ on all our short-haul services, including the longer length flights, which will ensure consistency of quality across all our European destinations.”

The news follows speculation by several media outlets that BA is considering removing complimentary catering from short-haul flights.

When Business Traveller posed the question to BA’s new CEO Alex Cruz last month, he said that a decision had yet to be made on the subject.

Mark Caswell