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January 3, 2019 2:48 pm Categorised in:

Ryanair’s future in the UK and outside of Europe is now certain – even if details of the UK’s Brexit deal impact on travel are not. The budget airline has made a major reveal on upcoming routes after previously claiming its base rate journeys, loved by bargain holiday hunters across the country, could be “pulled” if a particularly stringent Leave deal was reached. Its Chief Financial Officer Neil Sorahan told how Ryanair was “very concerned” and added: “If there is a hard Brexit and flights can’t operate then we will have to pull them at that point in time.” Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the UK will leave the geographic region on Friday, March 29, without the prospect of a second referendum.

Now Michael O’Leary’s firm has confirmed the UK CAA has issued Ryanair UK with a UK AOC, allowing it to operate UK domestic and UK to non-EU routes post-Brexit.

The agreement spells good news for holidaymakers, many of whom are concerned about planning holidays in the wake of the political uncertainty.

It means they can book flights to locations outside of the political geographic unit without fear of them being pulled due to the changing landscape.

It may also spark a surge in staycation journeys, with passengers opting to stay in the UK and venture to destinations including Scotland and northern England instead.

Ryanair, despite securing its future outside of the EU, has now reinforced its call for the UK and EU to agree a transition deal from 31 March 2019, so disruption to flights and summer holidays in 2019 can be avoided.

Ryanair’s Juliusz Komorek said: “We welcome the Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to grant our UK based airline, Ryanair UK, with a UK AOC, allowing Ryanair to operate UK domestic routes and UK to non-EU routes in a post-Brexit environment.

“The risk of a ‘no deal’ Brexit in March is rising, and despite our robust post-Brexit structures, including our post-Brexit plan around European ownership, we continue to call for the UK and EU to agree a transition deal from 31 March 2019, so that any disruption to flights and British consumer summer holidays in 2019 can be avoided.”

British airlines can currently offer services to anywhere they want to within the European Union because of the bloc’s common rules for aviation, also known as the European Common Aviation Area arrangements (ECAA).

Previously, Ryanair’s boss said he could not guarantee passengers will be able to take flights booked for 2019 if Britain leaves the bloc will no Brexit deal.

Britain is also a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which sets the rules of flying safety throughout the EU. A no deal Brexit could see the UK abruptly leave the EASA without the guarantee flights could take off or land in Britain.

Speaking previously on Sky News, Neil added: “Nobody can ever guarantee what’s going to happen in the future, particularly in relation to Brexit when there is so much uncertainty.

“We are very concerned. I think recent issues here in the UK have made it possible a little bit more likely than it was before.

“That said, I did listen to the Brexit Secretary who was very confident that he’d be able to get a deal in place by October.

“So, we hoped that transition deal will be put in place over the next couple of months. We are continuing to work towards finalising our schedules for next year.

“In all reality, we will probably load schedule for the UK on the proviso that if by law we are able to fly then we obviously will operate on.”

It has been speculated flight fares, as well as waiting times at airports, will increase post-Brexit.