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Flights cancelled amid Brexit uncertainty

18 February 2019 09:05

A no-deal Brexit could have serious implications for the aviation industry

A no-deal Brexit could have serious implications for the aviation industry

Holidaymakers were left fuming after a "lack of clarity" over Brexit led a Romanian airline to cancel flights from Liverpool's John Lennon Airport.

Passengers expecting to fly to Rome and Alicante with Blue Air took to social media on Wednesday night to complain that their flights had been cancelled - despite tickets still available to buy online.

A spokesman for John Lennon Airport said the "Brexit impasse" had left the carrier "unable to receive the necessary clarity" on its ability to run flights between the UK and countries other than Romania.

While Blue Air flights will continue between the two countries, services from the UK to any other country could be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a continuation of existing legislation.


Blue Air did not respond to requests for comment but the airline's official Twitter account blocked at least one angry passenger who complained.

A spokesman for John Lennon Airport said: "Blue Air has successfully operated its based aircraft for two years in Liverpool serving a wide range of routes.

"Unfortunately, as a Romanian Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holder, the current Brexit impasse means that the carrier has been unable to receive the necessary clarity regarding their ability to operate seventh freedom services which are currently possible under EU Open Skies.

"The carrier will continue to serve Liverpool John Lennon Airport and will increase flights this summer to Bucharest and Bacau."

Blue Air flights between Luton and Turin are also expected to be affected.

No deal

Seventh freedom services under the EU Open Skies agreement refer to flights between countries which are not an airline's home country.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: "We are committed to ensuring that flights between the UK and EU continue, and the European Commission has published a proposal to make sure this happens.

"This clearly shows that in the event of no deal, both sides are committed to maintaining connectivity."

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