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Flying Internationally? No More Free Lunch

Budget airlines start charging for meals and drinks on long-haul flights. Traditional carriers may not be far behind

Budget airlines are threatening yet another vestige of glamour aboard trans-Atlantic flights: the free glass of wine.

Amid decades of cost-cutting by the world’s major carriers, the hot meals and alcoholic beverages billed as complementary on most international flights have managed to survive. Of course, the food and drink hasn’t really been free. The cost of cabin service is baked into ticket prices.

But a group of upstart long-haul budget carriers are doing away with that tradition to lower their fares and attract budget travelers.

Legacy carriers also are starting to rethink what has long been viewed as an inalienable right of the internationaltraveler.

ASA, which earlier this month said it would add two more U.S. destinations to its roster of supercheap flights from Europe, charges $31.50 for two hot meals, including a beer or glass of wine, during its seven-hour London-to-New York flight. The meal has to be ordered online, in advance, just like an extra baggage allowance.

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