What you have to understand is that the CAA in the UK state that the minimum seat pitch needed for a safe and effective evacuation in an emergency is "26 inches" !!!!
All the UK charter airlines offer more than that. If enough passengers wrote to the CAA to complain about it maybe more would change. As it is, unfortunately it isn't likely to any time soon.
The reason most charter airlines are in the business is to make money, not a lot, usually enough just to cover the bottom line and stay in business. in order to do this they offer very competetive prices on flights.
In my experience charter airlines offer a very good service as they have a lot of competition, but across the board, the seat pitch os more or less the same.
Passengers and Crew alike have been complaining about it for years, but nothing has changed, and it wont unless the british public stop travelling on charter airlines........and spend more for scheduled services, like easyjet, ryanair etc...............hehe
If the CAA did increase the minimum seat pitch in the UK for UK registered airlines, to say about 30 " for short haul and 32" for long haul, who would pay for that? The british public. So if a French airline operated say CDG
with a seat pitch of 28", but the price was I dunno £25 cheaper, who would the majority of passengers choose to fly with?
I obviously don't have the answers, but would love less seats on our aircraft, as it allows us to deliver a better service, but not holding my breath..
Incidently, Ushermittwoch: I used to work that route on that aircraft, and the aircraft in question was owned and configured by British Airways for that particular route (and others). We disliked it as well, for a scheduled service.
But thanks for the comments about the crew, will pass it on