British Airways will cut the average leg room on some European flights as it plans to squeeze more passengers on its A320 and A321 aircraft.

The move to add an extra two rows (12 seats) will cut passenger leg room by one inch to 29 inches – the same as Easyjet but less than Ryanair.

BA said the move will help keep fares low.

“From next year we’re making a small increase to the number of seats on our A320 and A321 fleet so we can keep fares low,” a BA spokesperson told The Daily Mail. “Customers fly with us because we offer quality and value in all areas.”

The changes will reportedly be made next year on short-haul flights out of Gatwick and Heathrow.

The move follows BA’s decision to stop serving complimentary food and drink on short-haul economy flights.