What Brexit 'No Deal' would mean for British airlines flight and cabin crew

The European Union may attempt to strip British Airlines of some flying rights after Brexit, with officials in Brussels warning that U.K.-based carriers could see their ability to compete across the bloc impeded. This would affect British Airways, TUI and Easyjet.

Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc means that there would technically be no agreement to enable planes to fly between the U.K. and the EU. Unlike when it comes to the trade in goods, there is no fall-back option of World Trade Organization rules when it comes to aviation, the European Commission said in a presentation to the diplomats, according to information published on its website on Wednesday.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: “The entire UK aviation sector which employs nearly a million people and carries more than 250 million passengers per annum would be devastated by a Brexit ‘no deal’.

“UK airlines could find they have to stop flying – it’s that serious. And this would impact passengers long before March 2019 because airlines couldn’t sell advance tickets and, frankly, would passengers risk buying them?”

He added: “It is utter madness for anyone to think that a Brexit ‘no deal’ would be anything but a total disaster for our world leading UK aviation sector and beyond.

“After all, without air cargo we will not be able to export or import freely. The entire industry has said that we have to see evidence of the post-Brexit plan for aviation now if we are to avert a catastrophic crisis of confidence.”

Overall, this will spell bad news for the British aviation sector and lead to significant loss of aviation jobs and a British economy that will only go downhill post-Brexit.

Source: Bloomberg and Travel Weekly