BALPA joins calls for Brexit clarity - and a deal

British pilots' union BALPA has joined aviation, travel, tourism and airfreight stakeholders and warned that flights could be grounded unless the UK government reaches a Brexit 'deal' with the European Union.
The UK government has this week admitted it is possible the UK will leave without any trading agreement in place.
 
BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said that such an outcome would be devastating for the entire UK aviation sector.
 
"There are no World Trade Organisation or other rules to fall back on for aviation if there is no deal," he said.
 
"UK airlines could have to stop flying - it's that serious. And this would impact passengers long before March 2019 because airlines couldn't sell advance tickets and, frankly, would passengers risk buying them?
 
(Airlines typically release their route schedules 12 months in advance, so they need Brexit details well before March 2018.)
 
Also, without air cargo the UK will not be able to export or import freely. 
 
"The entire industry has said that we have to see evidence of the post-Brexit plan for aviation now if we are to avert a catastrophic crisis of confidence," Strutton said.

 

BALPA joins calls for Brexit clarity - and a deal

British pilots' union BALPA has joined aviation, travel, tourism and airfreight stakeholders and warned that flights could be grounded unless the UK government reaches a Brexit 'deal' with the European Union.
The UK government has this week admitted it is possible the UK will leave without any trading agreement in place.
 
BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said that such an outcome would be devastating for the entire UK aviation sector.
 
"There are no World Trade Organisation or other rules to fall back on for aviation if there is no deal," he said.
 
"UK airlines could have to stop flying - it's that serious. And this would impact passengers long before March 2019 because airlines couldn't sell advance tickets and, frankly, would passengers risk buying them?
 
(Airlines typically release their route schedules 12 months in advance, so they need Brexit details well before March 2018.)
 
Also, without air cargo the UK will not be able to export or import freely. 
 
"The entire industry has said that we have to see evidence of the post-Brexit plan for aviation now if we are to avert a catastrophic crisis of confidence," Strutton said.