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Brexit is uncharted territory for British travellers and holiday and flight providers alike. It appears the uncertainty will continue until Prime Minister Theresa May’s meaningful vote on her Brexit divorce deal in March. This comes shortly prior to the UK’s divorce from the EU, on March 29. A spokesperson for air passenger rights expert, AirHelp, told of a Brexit flight ticket clause, and how air travellers should best prepare themselves for it.

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Airlines including Ryanair have stated they will adopt such a clause for ticket sales this summer.

This means the tickets will not be valid if flight regulation after Britain leaves the EU is not resolved.

AirHelp told this meant passengers were being left in a “vulnerable” state.

Christian Nielsen, chief legal officer, said: “Some airlines are taking steps to protect their commercial operations, such as the Brexit ticket clause, repealing passengers’ rights to compensation should flights be grounded as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

“Once again, it’s passengers who are bearing the brunt of this limbo deal-or-no-deal period and being left vulnerable to the whims of political debate.”

Meanwhile Paloma Salmeron, air passenger rights expert, was first to reveal the “difficulties” that could ensure from a no deal Brexit, and why some firms have chosen to implement the clause.

Brexit news: A Brexit flight ticket clause has been revealed (Image: Getty)

She said: “Airlines flying to the UK from Europe would need to obtain permission to operate in the UK, and UK airlines flying to Europe would need to do the same.

“As no one wants to ground flights between the UK and Europe, it is expected that these permissions will be granted.

“The EU has already proposed an extension to current regulations for nine months to ensure that certain aviation licences remain valid.

“While airlines, airports and governments are promising minimal disruption, we feel it’s important to note there are ultimately no fall-back regulations should the UK make a non-negotiated withdrawal.

“The looming threat of uncertainty has suddenly turned into a harsh reality for passengers across the UK.”

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Paloma added: “We urge all air passengers travelling into or out of the UK during and post-Brexit to keep in mind that it’s best to educate themselves on passenger rights before they travel, so that in the event their flight is delayed or cancelled, they are fully aware of their options.”

Meanwhile, financial experts have suggested Britons can already start to take precautionary steps to protect themselves against Brexit.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of currency expert, FairFX, reassured travellers there are measures to be enacted now.

When asked whether travellers could protect themselves, he replied: “Yes. The best way to protect yourself against the impact of Brexit is to plan ahead when it comes to holiday money, and lock in rates when the pound is performing well.

“With the current uncertainty surrounding exchange rates, it’s very easy for the rates to move against you and no-one knows definitively which way they’re heading.”


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