Published on Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's not an empty threat, says Ryanair over Brexit fears

Ryanair has insisted it is not making empty threats over its fears about European Open Skies following Brexit.

Speaking as chief executive Michael O'Leary's met with transport secretary Chris Grayling yesterday, it said: "This is not an 'empty threat', but has been a fact for over a year now.

"A new or alternative option to Open Skies needs to be formulated. To everyone who says 'it'll
be fine', we say, how will it be fine? And when will this solution be available?"

Ryanair wants to put pressure on the Government to strike a deal before September 2018 for the UK aviation industry in light of the Brexit vote.

O'Leary told Tuesday's BBC Newsnight programme that the alternative would mean no flights to Europe for UK holidaymakers for summer 2019, adding people will have to 'drive to Scotland or get ferries to Ireland' instead.

O'Leary said yesterday's meeting was a 'very good meeting'.

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  • O'Really.......

    .....after publicity for his over-priced baggage airline?

    By Peter Mannell, Thursday, August 3, 2017

  • Michael O'Leary deserves a great deal of respect ...

    but I'm not sure how driving to Scotland would help someone fly to Europe if there's no timely replacement for Open Skies. (IMHO, he's right to be making a lot of noise about it.) As for taking a ferry to Ireland, it's a great thing to do, but perhaps more people might be interested in a Eurostar trip to Brussels or Paris. On 2nd thoughts, make that just Brussels. I've suffered too many times changing flights at CDG!

    By Peter Lewis, Thursday, August 3, 2017

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