No-deal Brexit may not ground flights, says IATA

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The Director-General, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Alexandre de Juniac, on Thursday said he did not believe flights would be immediately grounded in the event of a no-deal Brexit between Britain and the European Union before March 29.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has failed to gain support at home for an exit agreement fueling the prospects of a “no-deal” break in relations.

“We are a bit worried because the first guidelines have been issued and, I think, represent a constraint on traffic,” De Juniac said.
He noted that the measures were based on traffic between the EU and Britain in 2018, and so did not account for planned increases in flights this year.

That would mean, in the event of “no-deal,” flights would have to start being adjusted or even cancelled once traffic reached the 2018 ceiling on which the measures were based, he said.

“I hope we will be able to convince the UK and European authorities to be more flexible,” the IATA boss told reporters in Dubai.