The mere possibility of a "cliff edge" Brexit is already creating uncertainty for airlines, who fear their planes will be grounded on the tarmac come March 2019by Alex Dean / October 27, 2017 / Leave a comment
The Article 50 clock is ticking—but Britain doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere. The prospect of a “no deal” outcome in March 2019 is looming.
This would present all sorts of problems—some of which you’ll have heard of. But others you won’t, and it’s these we want to focus on in this series. Earlier this week, Steve Bloomfield wrote on what could happen to our data. I want to talk about flights, and one problem in particular that could result from plunging over the cliff edge.
Why will Brexit impact flights?
The basic problem stems from something called the “open skies agreement”—and the fact it could lapse on Brexit day. All flights from one EU country to another have for the last 25 years been governed by this deal, which is officially known as the “EU internal market for aviation.” It allows any EU airline to fly between any two EU airports. If we don’t strike a deal, this will all come grinding to a halt for us. No more flights from Britain, at least temporarily.