Brexit Flight Uncertainty: Ryanair’s New Ticket Clause

Does Brexit put UK flights to Europe at risk?

Ryanair has confirmed today that a Brexit clause will be included with all tickets purchased from September 2018.

September has been announced because this is typically the time of year when flights for the following summer go on sale.

The tickets will include wording that states flights are “subject to regulatory environment allowing this flight to take place”.

In a press conference, Ryanair Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jabobs explained that the company wants more clarity on Brexit’s progress and more concrete details on Britain’s position outside of the EU from 2019.

Open Skies Agreement Affected by Brexit?

The open skies agreement is a particular concern to airlines in the wake of Brexit, as this is the deal that allows aircraft to fly between any two points in Europe.

Although the Government did confirm in October that this deal with the European Union will continue, there is much uncertainty and many worry that there can be no guarantees.

The clause follows a similar one from Thomas Cook last year advising they won’t be liable to pay compensation or reimburse expenses for delays as a result of airspace closures, although they will still provide refunds.

Ryanair CMO Kenny Jacobs

“We will announce our summer schedule soon enough here for the UK, but that summer schedule will have a terms and conditions saying this is subject to the regulatory environment, once we start selling tickets that will be in the post Brexit schedule from 1st of April 2019 – typically sold from September,” Jacobs said.

“We’re calling on Brussels and the UK government to give us a regulatory condition — we were saying this two years ago and everyone was saying that was Ryanair being alarmist.

“The situation hasn’t changed for us, we have applied for a UK AOC to make sure we can fly domestic routes within the UK if we need to, we’ve also flagged to shareholders that we need to work out the situation in terms of ownership.

“British people are always going to travel to Europe. Europeans are always going to travel to Britain so it hasn’t changed where Brits are booking for their summer holidays this year, and we would hope and we would expect a solution will be found so that travel will carry on as travel has.”

What do you think? Are we going to run into problems with flights post-Brexit? Let us know.