Ryanair urges quick deal to avoid flight dis­rup­tions

New Straits Times - - Business -

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

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