Ryanair has said that it will not ground flights after the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union despite the suggestions that Michael O’Leary was ready to take a dramatic stance to change the minds of voters.
Kenny Jacobs, the chief marketing officer, confirmed that the air carrier would not be grounding flights in April 2019. However, he warned that there was a risk that this could happen once the negotiation between the United Kingdom and the European Union falls apart.
Jacobs stated: “Michael’s comments were misreported; we’re not planning any stunts. We want both sides to do a deal, and we support the British Government in doing a deal quickly, so we know what’s happening. Then we can get on with making our contribution to what we think should be the replacement of open skies.
He added: “In the meantime, there is still the risk that aircraft could be grounded if open skies come to a grinding halt on a specific date because negotiations fall apart and there is then a risk that aircraft can’t fly.”
Michael O’Leary said that he wanted people to realise that there would be “no more cheap holidays” and that the grounding aircraft could likely “persuade the average British voter that you were lied to in the entire Brexit debate.”
Kenny Jacobs also said that the consumers should be concerned regarding the possibility that the flying rights between the United Kingdom and the United States could be restricted once a no deal was reached on open skies. He said that the United Kingdom should aim to hash out a deal on aviation within the next couple of months.