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Will Brexit ground flights to Europe?

Unlikely—but replicating the status quo will be an immense challenge, and time is ticking

By Stephen Booth  

The airline industry—and the low-cost carriers EasyJet and Ryanair in particular—was vocally opposed to Brexit during the 2016 referendum campaign. Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has since issued the stark warning that if there is no deal offering continuity post-Brexit, flights between the UK and the EU will be grounded after March 2019. So, how realistic is this “no fly-zone” scenario and what is at stake for the millions of UK and EU air passengers and our cheap holidays during the Brexit negotiations?

Liberalisation of air travel is a significant EU achievement.…

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