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Ryanair threatens to ground planes post-Brexit

by TPN/PA, in News · 08-03-2018 14:10:00 · 4 Comments

Ryanair is threatening to ground its planes after the UK withdraws from the European Union to persuade voters to “rethink” Brexit.

Ryanair threatens to ground planes post-Brexit

The Dublin-based carrier’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said he wants to “create an opportunity” by making people realise they are “no longer going to have cheap holidays”.
He told an audience of airline leaders in Brussels: “I think it’s in our interests - not for a long period of time - that the aircraft are grounded.
“It’s only when you get to that stage where you’re going to persuade the average British voter that you were lied to in the entire Brexit debate.
“You were promised you could leave the EU and everything would stay the same. The reality is you can leave the EU, yes that’s your choice, but everything will fundamentally change.”
Mr O’Leary warned that there would be a “real crisis” as flights between the UK and the EU are disrupted after Brexit.
He said: “When you begin to realise that you’re no longer going to have cheap holidays in Portugal or Spain or Italy, you’ve got to drive to Scotland or get a ferry to Ireland as your only holiday options, maybe we’ll begin to rethink the whole Brexit debate.
“They were misled and I think we have to create an opportunity.”
EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren, who was on stage alongside Mr O’Leary, interrupted him to say: “If you start grounding your planes, I’m flying.”
Carsten Spohr, the boss of German carrier Lufthansa, added: “In theory, if we could use this industry to prove to the British how wrong the decision was, that might be a good thing.”
The single market for aviation, created in the 1990’s, means there are no commercial restrictions for airlines flying within the EU.
Mr O’Leary has repeatedly warned that airlines will be forced to cancel post-Brexit services from March 2019 if no agreement is reached in the Brexit negotiations by September, because schedules are planned about six months in advance.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said in January that he is confident flights will not be grounded because “it’s in the interests of everyone” to maintain the open market for aviation.

Comments

The success of Ryanair speaks for itself. Customers vote with their feet and the verdict is well and truly in, A.Lewis. As for 'destroy economies', nonsense. You significantly overestimate any impact. Too many people become irrational when angry!

As for D.Clark, it was xenophobia that got the UK into this mess in the first place. Is it any wonder other nations don't like the Brits?
by BD Condell from Other on 15-03-2018 04:43:00
why does Michael O Leary think he runs the UK? DOEs he not respect democracy? There was a vote, it went against what he wanted - get over it. Yes, please do stop flying your planes - the service is awful usually, treated like cattle so they won't be missed. If Brits stop taking holidays in the EU, it will destroy the economies of quite a few countries. A reality check.
by Alexander Lewis from UK on 12-03-2018 04:27:00
Let's hope Mr o'leary does this. More of his pilots will leave, the company will go bust and a decent airline takes over his routes and maybe less dodgy immigrants will use his airline to get people into an already overcrowded Britain.
by david clark from Algarve on 11-03-2018 04:29:00
Not surprised. Why serve a sunset country with a mindset like the Brits.
by Two.Sugars.in.my.tea from Algarve on 09-03-2018 02:06:00

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