Holidays will be cancelled and flights grounded after Britain leaves the European Union if there is no UK-EU deal on aviation, Michael O’Leary said today.
Speaking at a hearing of the European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee, the Ryanair founder said “we will be cancelling people's 2019 holidays” if there is no Brexit deal on aviation by September 2018.
Mr O’Leary also said “if there is no deal, there will be no flights.”
Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“It seems British holidaymakers hoping for a holiday in the sun will be left to carry on camping if we have a hard Brexit that does not include a deal with the EU on aviation.
“When the boss of one of Britain’s biggest airlines makes this warning, the Government needs to sit up and listen.
“They must do whatever it takes to stand up for holidaymakers and get an agreement with the EU on aviation that gives us the exact same benefits as membership of the EU.
“And they should start by ruling out a damaging hard Brexit with no deal at all.”
Notes to editors:
Mr O’Leary’s comments are reported here: https://twitter.com/adamfleming/status/884780033025474561