UK travellers will find their holiday flights disappearing”.. Ryanair
Ryanair planes could start shifting from UK airports to the Continent ahead of Brexit unless an aviation deal is signed soon between Britain and EU, warns Ryanair Chief Michael O’Leary
Ryanair is the Europe’s biggest budget airline operates 397 Boeing 737’s serving 34 countries.
Michael O’Leary, told the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee that, unless an aviation deal between Britain and the EU is signed soon, UK travellers will find their holiday flights are disappearing.
“The deadline for the airlines is September-October 2018. We will start cancelling flights from six months before Brexit,” he said.
For British travellers, and arguably the European population as a whole, “open skies” has been one of the great success stories of the EU. For 25 years, any EU airline has been able to fly between any two points in Europe
But more than a year on from the “Leave” vote, no-one knows how the skies will look after Brexit.
Speaking in the EU Parliament, he said: “There are communications between us and the UK Government. I am sorry to report, they don’t have a bulls notion what they’re doing. And he mocked what he said was a senior Government minister’s enthusiasm for an aviation treaty with Pakistan: “I’m sure Pakistanis like to holiday in UK, but not sure if British people would want to go on holiday in Karachi.”
Mr O’Leary campaigned fervently for a “Remain” vote, and urged the Government to have a change of mind: “The sensible outcome here is to ignore the plebiscite of 12 months ago, stay in Europe and continue to benefit from open skies.”