Brexit 18 months off & no aviation agreement in sight, Airlines backtrack on consumer rights

The full blown impact of Brexit on Britain’s travel habits is finally starting to become clear. The winners will be the big corporations, and airlines are busy making sure they pull back from every conceivable EU sourced right that consumers have enjoyed in recent years.

The British public, the most highly air travelled country in the world by percentage of population, will soon be denied rights EU citizens take for granted. 

Goodbye to refunds for multiple scenarios, goodbye to pretty much any and all compensation for airline or airport issues out of your control.

And the U.K. airlines are loving it! They hated being forced into compensation and felt it wasn’t their problem even if they caused it. Companies like Jet2 fought it all the way through to the Supreme Court – and lost.

Now companies like Thomas Cook and TUI who are about to launch air fares that will pass the March 29 2019 deadline, are busy re-writing what they will – but mostly will not do, Post Brexit. It will leave British passengers pretty much on their own.

Meanwhile others are still deeply concerned that no open skies agreement with the EU will essentially ground all U.K. flights – and with time fast running out and no sign of agreement despite protestations from the U.K. transport minister Chris Grayling, airlines are expecting and planning for the worst.