British finance minister Philip Hammond said early this month that if Britain has no deal while leaving EU, this could lead to flights being grounded. But Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways owner IAG, says that the flights between Britain and the European Union are unlikely to be grounded when it leaves.
Walsh told a parliamentary committee on Monday that he doesn’t agree with that there won’t be any flying between the UK and Europe, which would bring EU to a standstill. Flying rights to, from and within the EU, as well as between the US and Britain are covered by EU-wide “Open Skies” agreements. Therefore, in the event of no deal, Britain would revert to WTO rules.
Walsh further told the committee that he had little concerns about flying rights between Britain and the US. And then mentioned that the moment after Britain leaves the EU there will be an Open Skies treaty with the US. He also revealed that he had voted to “remain” in the referendum regarding the Brexit and suggested an option for Britain to be an associate member of the European Aviation Safety Agency to combat the outcomes.