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Ryanair, an Irish low-cost carrier, is intensively preparing for as smooth transition of its operations as possible after Brexit goes into effect in March 2019. On 3rd January the airline confirmed that Ryanair UK was issued an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) by the UK CAA.
This way the airline will be able to operate domestic flights within the UK and UK to non-EU routes after the UK leaves the European Union.
Lack of Agreements Threatens Air Travel
Due to the fact that the UK and EU have not reached agreements on all the aspects related to air travel, there is a number of issues that IATA calls critical and urges both parties to move faster to connect all the dots.
Primarily IATA suggests solving issues related to:
- uninterrupted continuation of air connectivity
- framework for regulating safety and security
- policies and processes needed for efficient border management.
In case of “no deal” Brexit, without an agreement for a transition period, travelling by air to and from the UK will become a troublesome process for everyone. As the lack of transparency concerning any contingency planning for this scenario has left airlines completely in the dark as to what measures to take, Ryanair continues to call on the UK and EU to agree a transition deal from 31 March 2019.
“The risk of a ‘no deal’ Brexit in March is rising, and despite our robust post-Brexit structures, including our post-Brexit plan around European ownership, we continue to call for the UK and EU to agree a transition deal from 31 March 2019, so that any disruption to flights and British consumer summer holidays in 2019 can be avoided”, the airline reported in a statement.