No free lunch: Lufthansa to start charging for food and drink in economy class

Apparently the snack wasn't that popular anyway.
Apparently the snack wasn't that popular anyway. Photo credit: Getty

While paying for food and drink is commonplace on budget airlines such as Ryanair or Easyjet, it's not always the case on full service or legacy carriers such as Lufthansa.

The German airline won over many New Zealanders earlier this year with a COVID-19 repatriation flight and has up until now offered full service across all of its classes, but that's about to change.

In an effort to cut costs, Lufthansa announced on Wednesday that it will no longer be offering free snacks to economy class passengers from next spring (autumn in New Zealand).

The airline isn't just chipping away at snacks to cut costs either. Lufthansa's subsidiaries - Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian and Brussels Airlines - are cutting their schedules, fleet and staff.

In a statement, the airline appeared to suggest the snacks are not a big loss to its service as they're not that popular in the first place.

"Our current snack offer in economy class does not always meet the expectations of our guests," Christina Foerster, executive board member, said in a statement.

Lufthansa and its subsidiaries begin serving a new range of food and drinks that can be purchased on short and medium haul flights.