Ryanair urges quick deal to avoid flight disruptions
DUBLIN: Flights between Britain and the European Union (EU) risk being suspended in 2019 if Britain does not prioritise a new aviation deal in Brexit negotiations, Irish low-cost airline Ryanair warned yesterday.
Speaking as Britain prepared to file formal Brexit divorce papers, Ryanair said it was worried the issue was not being handled with the urgency required to seal a deal in the 12-month window required to avoid major disruptions in 2019.
“It’s become worrying that the United Kingdom government seems to have no plan B to maintain Britain’s liberalised air links with Europe, in the absence of remaining in the “Open Skies” regime” said Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobsin a statement yesterday.
“There is a distinct possibility that there may be no flights between the United Kingdom and Europe for a period of time after March 2019.”
A number of industries have voiced fears that Britain’s twoyear negotiating timetable may not be enough to renegotiate the complex trading agreements.
But Kenny said airlines are under more pressure than most as they have to finalise their 2019 summer schedules by the middle of next year and there was increasing nervousness in the industry about the rate of progress. Reuters