easyJet 2 by Jonathan Palombo (CC-BY-2.0)

easyJet 2 by Jonathan Palombo (CC-BY-2.0)

Part of the Remain scare-mongering tactics is to tell everyone that flights will be grounded and unable to operate between the EU and UK after Brexit.

But despite their claims, the industry appears to be more comfortable with what the future holds.

The Remain hares were helped to run, when easyJet put forward plans last year to change its articles of association to allow the forced sale of shares by UK investors to EU investors, which would keep the company majority EU controlled after the exit of the UK. This would allow the company to maintain intra-EU operations.

The company said at the time it had no intention of using these proposed powers but it was an important step in securing its future operations in Europe.

Then there was the boss of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, who recently said that he would ground his planes whatever the deal to force people to re-thing Brexit.

Speaking exclusively to CityAM yesterday, the CEO of easyJet, Johan Lungren, said that the decision to amend the companies articles of association was a 'precautionary measure' and that forced sales 'won't need to happen'.

He also said that Brexit was 'business as usual' and confident that a political deal over aviation would be struck to keep flights going as normal.

"Lundgren said he had met 'no Brexiteer or Remainer who has anything to win by flights being grounded.' Asked whether he thought some in the EU 27 might use Brexit to overturn UK dominance in aviation, Lundgren said: 'Can you imagine the horrible consequences for Spain which is so dependent on UK tourism?'" CityAM reported.

And the newly appointed aviation minister, Baroness Elizabeth Sugg, has been up-beat saying that so far talks on post-Brexit aviation had been positive and talks with third countries including the USA were going well.

Baroness Sugg gave a speech at the annual dinner of the Airport Operator’s Association (AOA) earlier this month, where she said that the UK would be seeking to remain members of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

She also said that:

My officials and I are working with the third countries where air services are currently governed by EU agreements, to ensure that new, replacement arrangements are in place after we leave the EU. Despite some reports to the contrary, talks so far have been positive and we have made significant progress.

So the real indications are that a post-Brexit aviation deal will be struck and flights will continue. There will inevitable be changes, but change happens anyway.

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