The impact of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has remained shrouded in mystery yet with her Plan B on the table today, travel experts have suggested a no deal divorce from the EU could impact five million flights booked by Britons. The IATA said the whopping number of pre-arranged bookings were “at risk” while consumer watchdog Which? mused how the flight industry has been “unwilling” to offer information about quitting the union without a solid deal in place. The news will no doubt strike fear into the hearts of travellers who have already planned holidays post March 29 – the day Mrs May has stated the UK will leave the EU. The confusion comes as the EU vowed to keep the number of flights to the geo-political area at the same numbers as last year, with routes continuing to operate between the EU and UK.
Yet it has been reported the actual number of tickets sold has been increased, meaning more travellers could be affected in a no deal – which is when the UK will officially leave the EU, yet with no guidelines or regulations on agreements in the future.
IATA’s chief executive Alexandre de Juniac told of the number of potential affected passengers last week and said: “That current flight levels will be protected even with a hard Brexit is an important assurance.
“But with two months left until Britain leaves the EU, airlines still do not know exactly what kind of Brexit they should be planning for.
“And there is legal and commercial uncertainty over how the Commission’s plan to cap flight numbers will work.