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How low-cost airlines inflate the price of in-flight coffee by up to 4,000 per cent


If you’re flying with a low-cost airline, you might want to think twice about getting a coffee on board. 

Research has revealed that one airline charges £2.55 for a coffee – and that the same drink can be made at home for the equivalent of six pence per serving.

That represents a mark-up of over 4,000 per cent.  

Research into the price of instant coffees sold on board flights reveals the mark-up can sometimes be over 4,000 per cent

Research into the price of instant coffees sold on board flights reveals the mark-up can sometimes be over 4,000 per cent

Kayak.co.uk looked at the prices for coffee on five low-cost airlines departing from the UK – Ryanair, easyJet, Thomas Cook, Flybe and Jet2 – and compared them with the cost of making the same beverage at home.

While some mark-ups can be expected, given that in-flight overheads and staffing costs are larger than the average kitchen, Kayak found that some airlines have hiked prices by over 4,000 per cent.

For example, the cost of a cup of…



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