British Airways launches β€˜basic fares’ on long-haul flights with passengers charged for baggage and seat reservation

British Airways passengers will now have to pay to check in luggage and select seats on some long-haul routes.


British Airways has introduced a β€œBasic” fare designed to appeal to the most cost-saving passengers.


The airline, insisting this is a genuine fare cut, will charge extra for checking in baggage and reserving seats.


The new basic fares will be available between London and the following cities: Austin, Boston, Delhi, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong, Oakland, Philadelphia, Punta Cana and Singapore.


Tickets will cost up to Β£60 less than the standard roundtrip fare.


However, checking in a piece of luggage will cost from Β£80 roundtrip, with seat selection starting at Β£20 one-way.


Adam Daniels, the airline’s chief commercial officer, said: β€œWe know that when our customers travel with us their needs vary from trip to trip – some will be flying on business, some for leisure, some will be on short hops, others will be longer stays.


β€œWe need to ensure that the fares we provide reflect those differing needs so customers can select the best option for them on that occasion.


β€œSomeone travelling for a short meeting or leisure break, who isn’t planning to check in a bag and is happy for us to allocate them a seat, will appreciate the option to secure a lower fare.”


As part of a larger rollout by BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair will also introduce the basic fare.