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Post-Brexit fears over UK-Ireland flights

By Staff Reporter

Flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom could be grounded if there is no Brexit deal, the head of Ireland's aviation authority has warned.

Michael McGrail, the chair of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), said if the UK crashes out of the EU next March there would be a danger that flights to the UK would come to a halt. In his evidence to Ireland's transport, tourism and sport committee yesterday, Mr McGrail spoke of the challenges ahead.

He said the Department of Transport is carrying out a number of scenarios to ensure "minimal negative consequences".

"Given the apparent impasse between the UK and the EU, a satisfactory withdrawal agreement, transition period and then future relationship is in doubt," he said.

"Apart from the disruption for aviation and the travelling public, a hard Brexit would have a significant negative impact on our wider economy."

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