Removal of restrictions and the introduction of more open competition on routes between EU countries led to no-frills airlines and cheaper air fares. Now that Britain is leaving the EU all those arrangements are up in the air (sorry!)
I remember visiting grandparents with a young family in the 1980s and we had to save all year for flights that took just an hour and a bit. When that was impossible we travelled 18 or 20 hours by boat and coach or by car and boat. The Irish Sea was called the most expensive bit of water in the world because of the cost of air fares and then along came Ryanair. Moan about it, get angry with it, but don’t forget what it was like before.
I know it’s anti-Green to suggest that cheap fares are a good thing but the rich have always had access to the best and speediest forms of transport. And airlines don’t just transport holiday makers and high-powered business people: they reunite families, keep loved ones close, make the world a smaller place and lives bigger.
Will British airlines continue to operate freely all over Europe? And will ‘foreign’ airlines like Ryanair or Norwegian Airlines – I flew with them recently and was very impressed – continue to fly in and out of the UK without restrictions?
Ryanair has been very actively campaigning for a remain vote. They promised their biggest ever sale to reward voters if Britain stayed in the EC – I imagine a lot of advertising space was cancelled around 2am on June 24th.
However, The International Business Times reported that Easyjet had already worked out a number of possible strategies before the referendum vote. Basically, it seems that they might be able to obtain an operating licence in an EU country which would allow them to continue to fly across Europe without having to move their Luton HQ
So, it’s wait and see…