A tough Brexit would be fatal for aviation: For both the traffic rights between Great Britain and the European Union would be affected as well as the approvals of aircraft and aircraft parts.

In extreme cases , after a Brexit without a contract, not only would the traffic between the EU and the UK become virtually impossible. It would also affect holiday flights that do not start in the UK, but from the continent. The key issue is that the EU aviation single market should only be used by airlines that are majority owners in the EU.

After a withdrawal of the British from the EU that would no longer be the case with most British airlines. These airlines will then no longer be able to head for airports in the EU and will not be traveling between two airports within the EU. It should not be that bad.

For the EU Commission has offered the British to agree on a temporary solution in the event of a “no deal”. However, these emergency plans only mention basic connections, says Isabel Buscke, head of the Brussels office of the Federation of Consumer Organizations. In addition, the British have not yet officially approved such a solution, which is likely to apply until the end of March 2020. But that would at least secure flights between the continent and the United Kingdom.

What belongs to whom and how much of it exactly?

However, another problem concerns airlines, most of which are in the hands of non-EU shareholders and who mainly want to fly within the EU. As the first to call the Spanish Iberia, which belongs together with British Airways to the British-Spanish IAG Group. But Iberia insists that she is a Spanish airline. For when the IAG was founded, it was 100 per cent transferred to IAG economically. But the political rights belonged to the IAG Group only to 49.9 percent. The EU demands an EU majority of 50 percent plus one share.

London Airport (picture-alliance / dpa / NurPhoto / A. Widak)

And who owns the Iberia? And what does that mean for the BA and the IAG?

The EU does not want to depart from this principle, which is why some airlines already have far-reaching plans. The low-cost airliner Eaysjet, for example, is currently only 49 percent in the hands of shareholders from the European Economic Area – excluding Great Britain. To make the 49 more than 50 percent, the low-cost airline wants to suspend the voting rights British owners or even force the shareholders to sell to EU owners. Previously, Easyjet had already founded a subsidiary in Austria, to which the British had transferred 130 of the 318 Airbus aircraft, the licenses of the crews should also be transferred to this company.

Competitor Ryanair is also considering ruling out British shareholders. The low-cost airline is located in Ireland, and thus within the EU, but is majority in the hands of British shareholders. This also applies to Tuifly, a subsidiary of the TUI Group, as well as to Condor, a subsidiary of the British Thomas Cook Group. So could not start from German soil in a tough attitude of the EU, the aircraft of these holiday flights.

“We are in dialogue”

But the airlines say, “We’re flying,” says a spokesman for Tuifly. Customers should not worry that they could not take their Easter or summer vacation. You have various plans “in the drawer” – depending on the outcome of the “tug of war” to the Brexit. What these plans look like was not to be found out.

A Condor spokesman is also confident that they will be able to fly clients on holiday regardless of a withdrawal agreement this summer: “In addition, we are in close dialogue with the relevant authorities in Europe to ensure our plans are met, even in the event of a No Implements the real estate scenario, “he assures.

Germany Winter at Munich Airport (picture-alliance / dpa / M. Balk)

Airbus flies on British wings. That’s why the Franco-German aircraft manufacturers now have wings.

Stress also for Easa and Airbus

Not only the airlines, but also the aircraft manufacturers fear, The approval of the aircraft and their parts is in the hands of the European agency Easa, is still a member of the United Kingdom – until the Brexit. Then it would also be questionable as to the approval of the aircraft belonging to British lessors.

And even Airbus worries: The wings of the aircraft are largely manufactured in the UK. However, these would then no longer be allowed in the EU after Brexit. The European joint venture is now temporarily increasing its stocks.

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