Irish budget carrier warns customers that flights in the immediate aftermath of Brexit might not operate
As the United Kingdom is making plans to leave the European Union, the situation for the travel industry remains unclear.
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has announced that since there is no EU aviation regulation prepared for the situation after Britain leaves the bloc, they will possibly implement a ‘Brexit clause’ for their flights in the summer of 2019.
“We’ll announce our (2019) summer schedule soon enough… and there’ll be a term and condition that this is subject to the regulatory environment allowing this flight to take place,” Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said.
Currently, flights to and from the European Union are covered by the ‘Open Skies’ agreements – as well as flights between UK and United States. From summer 2019 these agreements might be threatened by Brexit.
If the clause is implemented, customers will be refunded for their tickets.
“We don’t see a regulatory solution yet… If in the meantime between now and September, there’s a regulatory solution found, then those tickets will be sold as normal,” Jacobs added.
Apart from the ‘Open Skies’ program, Britain could also be excluded from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
However, Mr Jacobs expressed his opinion that it is likely that the clauses would not be exercised as the authorities look to buy more time under the current rules.
The Union and Britain are both looking for a transition deal to help businesses adapt. The United Kingdom is supposed to follow EU regulations for at least 21 months after Brexit.
“There’s clearly going to be an extension to Brexit,” he said, adding current rules would likely continue beyond March next year.
“They are going to find a solution to Open Skies, but it will take a bit longer.”