UK airlines: passengers not likely to be able to fly post-Brexit

Published on : Friday, October 20, 2017

airplane-business-classIf Brexit talks continue to remain amidst deadlock the new rule would apply to tickets sold to various EU destinations and up to 17 other nations including the United States, where British airlines’ legal flight rights are more than by Europe-wide agreements.

 

Airlines state that they would be refunding customers the cost of their tickets.

 

But then they would not pay compensation for other costs as they are presently obligated under the EU law to do so.

 

Under the current laws the states of the European Union can claim compensation for circumstances including if their flight is delayed or cancelled owing to diverse weather conditions. But then as Britain is scheduled to leave the EU in March 2019 these rights would cease to apply to the UK citizens. An aviation deal to replace current rights is yet to be settled.

 

The industry is believed to be ‘optimistic’ that a deal is likely to be reached.

 

However several airlines have responded with plans to permit for alterations. There are concerns that negotiations might be delayed if the EU insists that the UK continue to follow aviation rulings from the European Court of Justice.

 

Thomas Cook, a tour operator has already restricted its terms and conditions and also added a fresh clause stating that it would not be liable to pay compensation.

 

It has started selling holidays for its ‘Winter Sun 2018/2019′ program that extends to April 2019, the period following Brexit. A spokesman from Thomas Cook said that they have started selling holidays for the post-Brexit period and therefore they are trying to prepare the business to operate in that ambiance.

 

The move comes from Chris Grayling, the transport secretary had clashed with Philip Hammond, the chancellor over the impact Brexit might have on the aviation industry.

Mr. Hammond has warned that the EU exit would probably trigger grounding of flights.

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