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Budget airlines, EasyJet and Ryanair, fear being kicked out of EU airports and airspace – destroying business.
Today Britons decide whether to leave or stay in the European Union.
Skies Wide Open…For Now
Travel experts say the European “open skies” deal for UK airlines is at risk if the British vote to depart the EU, or Brexit.
That open skies deal
, struck in 2007, makes it easy for US carriers to travel through the EU, as well as form alliances or partnerships with airlines in Europe for flight coverage.
American Airlines is seen as likeliest to take the biggest hit
from any Brexit fallout, in part because of its large joint-venture with British Airways. Delta Air Lines, meanwhile, owns nearly half of British airline Virgin Atlantic. United doesn’t have a partner in the U.K. but still flies often to the nation.
In a post- Brexit Europe, a more restrictive aviation environment would mean fewer flights from the UK to Europe and hence losing access to European airspace and airports, said Sir Richard Branson
founder of Virgin Group.