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- “There remains a worrying risk of a serious disruption to UK-EU flights in April 2019 unless a timely UK-EU bilateral is agreed in advance of September 2018.” Ryanair one of a growing number of businesses warning that clarity is needed by early next year.
LONDON – The CEO of budget airline Ryanair warned on Tuesday that the government continues to underestimate the risks posed by Brexit to air travel.
Michael O’Leary said in a statement: “There remains a worrying risk of a serious disruption to UK-EU flights in April 2019 unless a timely UK-EU bilateral is agreed in advance of September 2018.
“We worry that the UK government continues to underestimate the likelihood of such a flight disruption to/from the UK.”
Chancellor Philip Hammond told MPs earlier this month that flights between the UK and the EU could be grounded post-Brexit in the “most extreme scenario.”
O’Leary said the airline industry needs clarity on a UK-EU Brexit deal by next summer as that is when airlines will publish their schedules for the year ahead. “Time is running short for the UK to develop a bilateral solution,” O’Leary warned.
Ryanair joins a growing list of businesses saying there is an urgent need for clarity from the government on Brexit transition arrangements and future trading agreements. Business chiefs from five top lobby groups wrote to the government earlier this month to warn that companies will begin to execute contingency plans early next year unless the government can guarantee they will still have some trading relationship with Europe.