British Airways sets seat charges BBC News Online British Airways said seat charges will give customers "more control" British Airways passengers may have to pay to choose their seats before they travel, the airline has said. The charges will affect those seeking to ensure they sit together on a flight and people with a preference for window, aisle or emergency exit seats. People will pay from 7 October. Prices range from £10 per person for European economy flights, to £60 for long haul trips in business class. BA said it would "give customers more control over their seating options". The airline currently allows passengers to reserve seats in the 24 hours prior to departure. The new charge - aimed at passengers wanting to reserve seats earlier than this - will be £20 on long-haul economy or short flights in business class, while a seat in an emergency exit row will cost £50. This can be booked between 10 and four days before take-off. A BA spokeswoman said: "Customers frequently request specific seats, but in the past we've only been able to confirm them 24 hours in advance or on the day. "We know people want to secure them in advance and have real control over their flying experience. This will allow them to do that." The move comes as the airline attempts to bolster its balance sheet after a £401m loss in the last financial year. And it follows BA's decision to cut luggage allowances and abolish free meals on short flights.