Ryanair has applied for a licence in the United Kingdom in order to protect its operations in the event of a “hard Brexit.”
The budget airline is said to have applied for a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) which may be required to continue its UK domestic flights if ever a no Brexit deal is agreed.
Michael O’Leary, its Chief executive, has previously said that the voters were “lied to” during the referendum campaign. He has also taken part in discussions regarding the future of airlines after Brexit.
If the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accepts the said application, this will enable Ryanair to proceed with running three domestic UK flights in the event that a situation of a no-deal occurs.
When contacted by reporters, a spokesperson for Ryanair stated: “Ryanair today confirmed that a subsidiary company Ryanair UK filed an application on 21 December last for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) with the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK. This may be required for Ryanair’s three UK domestic routes in the event of a hard Brexit in March 2019.”
Some concerns have been repeatedly raised in the airline industry regarding the possible negative effects of Brexit, with Philip Hammond even suggesting that a no-deal could possibly ground UK-EU flights.
Nevertheless, the airline industry, as a whole, is on course for a record profit in 2018, as an estimate of 4.3bn travellers make journeys by air.