Whatever the outcome of Brexit, many airlines have already started taking steps to make sure they are ready to mitigate the consequences.
In the wake of Brexit announcements, Ryanair is one airline that has suffered steep losses.
‘We believe the UK government continues to under-estimate the likelihood of flight disruptions to/from the UK,’ they say in a statement.
Ryanair has subsequently applied to the UK CAA for a UK air operator’s certificate and secured approval to continue operations under Ryanair UK instead.
British Airways has also made announcements about how they will operate in the post-Brexit era, stating that the airline would ‘continue to fly all our customers to their destinations and operate a normal schedule whether a deal is agreed or if the UK leaves the EU with no deal in place.’
To further relieve passenger fears, British Airways has provided answers to frequently asked questions, and published a visa and passports guide for UK residents.
Thomas Cook is another airline that is vocal about post-Brexit operations. A dedicated Brexit Working Group has been set up to implement all their contingency plans.
‘Having already begun the sale of flights and holidays in the post-Brexit era, we now require urgent clarity from the UK government and EU institutions on a transitionary agreement,’ reads a statement by the airlines. ‘We continue to make the case for a comprehensive EUUK air transport agreement in the longer-term.’