The FT quite appropriately notes the big issues facing airlines after Brexit this morning. Put bluntly, no one knows whether UK based aircraft will be permitted to fly into EU airports after 30 March 2019, and if they are on what routes they will be permitted to fly.
Err, no, not really.
Some of us have noted that before the EU, before the EC and even before the EEC, planes would take off from British airports and land at continental ones smelling funnily of garlic and boiled sausage. Even, that flights depart from the UK each and every day to places which are not part of the EU.
But there is another much more relevant and immediate question to also address. If any restrictions are likely, and I think they are, then why is it that we still need a new runway at Heathrow? It seems to me that Brexit has completely shot the case for that. We are not going to be the gateway to Europe now, and never will be again. And what is more, we may not even have the flights to make the links.
I would seriously suggest it’s time to scrap plans for Heathrow’s expansion. We’re just not going to need it.
Well done, leap to unwarranted conclusion based on not understanding reality.
The concern is actually over cabotage rights. The ability for a British airline to pick up a passenger in, say, Leipzig and deliver them to Faro without going anywhere near the UK. And we already know how they’re going to deal with this, set up within EU subsidiaries.