In case you weren’t already worried enough about what life will be like after Brexit, news has just come in that Ryanair will be cancelling flights between the UK and the European Union for months after Britain leaves the EU.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary announced the news in the European Parliament this week, saying that Ryanair aircrafts will be moved to Europe.
Why is this? It’s because the current Open Skies agreement allows EU-based airlines, including those from the UK, to operate within EU countries. So, basically, the aviation world is struggling to understand how Brexit will change their rules.
Michael O’Leary has already said that the ‘only sensible option’ was for the UK to remain in the EU, saying ‘there is a real prospect, and we need to deal with this, that there are going to be no flights between the UK and Europe for a period of weeks, months beyond March 2019.’
‘There is not going to be an interim agreement, there is not going to be a legal basis, we will be cancelling flights, we will be cancelling people’s holidays for summer of 2019.’
And, if you’re wondering why March 2019, that’s because that month is the deadline for Britain to properly exit the European Union.
And, if no Brexit deal has been agreed and finalised upon, we will just leave without any agreement (AKA ‘hard Brexit.’)
The Ryanair boss is insisting on a clear structure for how this will affect aviation by September 2018 and has said that the whole agreement is ‘going to be a real mess.’
‘The sensible outcome here is to ignore the plebiscite of 12 months ago, stay in Europe and continue to benefit from Open Skies,’ he added.
So, now, we wait to see how the tourism sector and airport and aviation industry fit into the final Brexit deal…