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Big Difference in the Cost of Inflight Menus

The Consumer Council for Northern Ireland has found huge differences in the price of fare on in-flight menus in a new survey.

The research was initiated to see if costs are really 'sky high' on some airlines or 'down to earth'.

The Council examined the costs of snacks and beverages from airlines flying in and out of Northern Ireland and found price differences of up to 75 per cent, with in general northern European carriers the most expensive and not surprisingly perhaps central European low cost carrier Wizz Air the cheapest in five of the seven categories assessed.

John French, Chief Executive of The Consumer Council said: “Our research shows the price of snacks and drinks such as porridge, crisps and sandwiches can vary by as much as 75 per cent, depending on the airline you travel with. This could be the difference of paying from £5.27 to £1.30 for a simple bowl of porridge, and from £2.63 to £1 for a bag of crisps.”

The survey found the cost of Porridge on Icelandair is £5.27 while the cost is just £1.30 on British Airways - a difference of a whopping 75 per cent. The cost of a Sandwich on Norwegian Airlines is £5.71 while the cost of a Sandwich on Wizz Air is £3.51 - a difference of 39 per cent.

Tea/Coffee sells at £2.63 on Norwegian, Aer Lingus and Ryanair, but £2.19 on Wizz Air. Crisps cost a hefty £2.63 on Norwegian but just £1 on Icelandair charges £7.02 for wine (187ml) while the price for the same product on Wizz Air is exactly half, £3.51. Beer (330ml) costs £6.14 on Icelandair and again, Wizz Air almost half, £3.51. A Gin and Tonic costs £6.67 on Ryanair and £5.27 on Wizz Air.

The Consumer Council ‘Inflight Menu’ guide is available online at, and allows passengers to check the costs of snacks and beverages before they travel.

The Consumer Council also has a range of travel guides to help consumers understand their rights over the summer travel period. These include ‘Plane Facts’, ‘Plain Sailing’ as well as ‘Access to Air Travel’ and ‘Access to Ferry Travel’ for those with a disability or reduced mobility. These resources are available to download from the Consumer Council website.


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