A MAJOR airline industry association has warned flights between the UK and Spain could collapse by 95 per cent if no Brexit deal is agreed.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 290 airlines around the world, claim tourists and businesses could be significantly affected in a “no-deal” Brexit scenario.
IATA say flights between Spain and the UK in particular would suffer due to the size of both the tourism and trade markets shared between the two countries.
According to IATA statistics there are currently 5,052 flights every week between Spain and Britain.
The Director General and Chief Executive of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, has warned a ‘No-deal’ Brexit could see “thousands, millions of passengers” grounded without flights in the immediate aftermath of Brexit when the UK officially leaves on March 29 2019.
Alexandre de Juniac has predicted that if no Brexit deal is reached: “It will be a nightmare in the European and UK airports”.
This is due to the complex nature of the regulations framework surrounding air travel between nations.
This regulations framework consider safety, security and immigration controls.
However, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority and the EU have negotiated a “bare bones” agreement to ensure that a minimal level of service can be provided after March 29.
• SOURCE: The press release from IATA can be found here.