Ryanair receives licence to operate in no-deal Brexit scenario

Ryanair Boeing 737-800. Photo: © Cezary Borysiuk

Ryanair has received an AOC (Air Operators Certificate) from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

The AOC will allow the Dublin-based airline to continue to operate from the UK to other non-EU nations in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Currently, operations to and from the UK are governed by EU-wide agreements, but that will no longer stand when the UK leaves the EU. At present, the UK is due to leave the EU on 29th March 2019. Without an operating agreement, flights would be legally grounded. Neither the EU nor the UK want flights to be grounded as it would result in passengers on both sides being stranded for an undetermined length of time.

This news comes just days after UK consumer group, ‘Which?’ has rated Ryanair ‘Worst Airline’ for the 6th year in a row. The reasons for the result include hidden costs, the volume of delayed/cancelled flights and poor customer service.