Owner IAG of British Airways Confident of Flying Rights Post-Brexit

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On Tuesday, the chief executive of British Airways-owner IAG said that he is confident that a deal will be done to secure the flying rights of Britain after Brexit. He dismissed a recent report by the media and a prediction of a rival airline of disruption.

Willie Walsh of IAG informed the Airlines For Europe conference that he anticipates that Britain will secure deals to enable planes to keep flying and that he is relaxed regarding Brexit.

On a panel, Walsh stated: “I am a firm believer that this will get resolved.”

Walsh dismissed a report in the Financial Times newspaper of Britain on Tuesday that said that the United States had offered the United Kingdom a worse deal than it has under the Open Skies agreement of the European Union and the United States.

Walsh stated: “The people who are involved in the negotiations say we’re going to get a deal.

“There will be a comprehensive Open Skies agreement. Anyone who doesn’t believe that is living in cloud cuckoo land.”

However, the chief executive of Ryanair was less optimistic, saying that he expects some disruption to flights between the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe in the immediate aftermath of the planned exit of Britain from the European Union on the 29th of March next year.

Michael O’Leary informed the conference: “I think there will be a real crisis in April 2019. I believe there will be disruption to flights between the UK and Europe.”

Following Brexit, British airlines want to be allowed to continue to benefit from flying rights of the European Union and the government of the United Kingdom has said that it will attempt to secure an open-access deal.

The flying rights to, from and within the European Union, as well as between Britain and the United States, are currently under an EU-wide Open Skies agreements.

Britain must agree to new deals because, without membership of the European Union, the aviation sector of the country does not have a natural fallback arrangement that will keep the airlines flying.

On the sidelines of the conference, Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Lufthansa, said that he anticipates that a longer transition period would be required due to the complexities of the overall process of Brexit.