July 10, 2019 / 4:20 PM / 10 days ago

Ryanair CEO warns of severe disruption to aviation from no-deal Brexit

FILE PHOTO: A Ryanair aircraft is pictured through the security fence at the airport in Modlin near Warsaw, Poland November 15, 2018. Picture taken November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain’s aviation sector could see severe disruption in the medium-term if it leaves the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary warned on Wednesday.

“There are measures that are being put in place both by Europe and the UK that would prevent enormous disruption over the first 9 or 12 months but after that if there is a hard Brexit and no trade deal there could well be severe disruption,” O’Leary told journalists in Brussels.

“We still hope that some kind of common sense will prevail in the UK although there is precious little of it at the moment,” he said.

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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