Sour grapes from scaremongering airline boss


Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has been accused of scaremongering after claiming there could be no flights from Britain to Europe when the UK leaves the European Union.

West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour, who sits on the EU’s transport committee, said: “It was very sad to hear Mr O’Leary revealing such a short-sighted view.

“He told the committee that there is a distinct possibility that there could be no flights from the UK into the European Union following Brexit, which is frankly ludicrous.

“As long as the demand exists for flights to popular holiday spots like Spain, France and Greece, they will of course continue.

“Mr O’Leary is merely scaremongering, and venting his frustration that he campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU – and lost.”

The Ryanair boss made his comments during a debate in Brussels on the impact which Brexit will have on aviation, where speakers also included the boss of British Airways, Willie Walsh, and senior vice president of Lufthansa, Thomas Kropp.

He told the committee the UK had no clue how it was going to negotiate a workable aviation deal with Brussels.

And he added: “If there is no deal, there will be no flights. There is not a legal mechanism on which the airlines can operate in a hard Brexit, no deal outcome.

“So there is no prospect of having some kind of higher prices at airports, or airlines for flights to the UK. There will simply be no flights.”

The only way to guarantee continued flights between the UK and the EU, he said, was to either retain the current ‘open skies’ policy, or come to a bilateral trade agreement.