Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary has today warned of major disruption to flights between Britain and the European Union from March 2019 post-Brexit.

His and other airlines have said that they would need a replacement to the current “Open Skies” arrangement by late 2018 in order to schedule flights, but it is in the Europeans’ interest to not have a deal done. O’Leary believes that certain French and German airlines are opposing a deal with the UK, and that a failure to agree a new bilateral aviation deal by late 2018 could lead to a freeze on British flights to the European Union and Ryanair moving dozens of planes currently in Britain to other EU countries to continue flying.

“We’re 12 months down the road, and we’re no closer to an agreement.”

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