British Airways announce introduction of wi-fi on short haul flights

Posted: 2 November 2016 | International Airport Review | No comments yet

British Airways will now offer the opportunity to connect to wi-fi services on its short-haul flights from 2017, IAG, its owner, has announced…

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IAG have further announced that Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling will offer a similar service.

Some rival airlines provide a onboard service, even free of charge, so it is thought that the move is long overdue from the UK airline. 

“My first experience with wi-fi on a flight was about five years ago, when it was offered for free by Norwegian,” stated Simon Calder, travel editor at the Independent.

Many experts however have voiced concerns at the unreliability of in-air wi-fi.

“There has not been much take-up because it’s not always reliable and many people actually want to disconnect on a flight.

“But it may be that BA and IAG have cracked it and can offer something vaguely reliable,” Mr. Calder continued.

IAG clarified that it would be up to each airline to charge a fee as they see fit. 

“I don’t believe there are many people making flight decisions based on availability of wi-fi,” said Mr Calder.

“If investment is needed, it should be taking place in the airport where internet access is often terrible, expensive or complicated.

“Most people would find airport wi-fi more useful than being able to send emails on a plane.”

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