Dutch minister warns KLM could stop flights to UK if there’s a no deal Brexit

A Dutch Minister has warned that Brexit could cause KLM to stop all flights between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

Later today, Dutch MPs will meet behind closed doors at the country’s parliament in The Hague to discuss the potential consequences for Dutch aviation in the case of a ‘hard Brexit’ or no-deal situation.

According to local media, the Dutch Transport Inspection Board (ILT) will sketch out future scenarios for the country’s aviation sector in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal. A no-deal situation could mean that the UK also leaves the ‘Single European Sky’ agreement.

This could have serious consequences for British air transport firms as well as European airlines with a strong presence in the UK, such as KLM which connects 17 airports across the UK from its hub in Amsterdam.

However, according to Minister van Nieuwenhuizen, this is not at all possible.

She said: "Individual negotiations with the UK are not on the table due to EU requirements. Aviation policies that are impacted by Brexit fall largely under the competence of the EU. Because of this, it is not only advisable to take European measures, but in most cases it is necessary."

According to local media, UK pilots’ licences, cabin crew and technical aspects may not be recognised unless a deal is reached. This would also mean that hundreds of British employees working for KLM could lose their jobs.

Last year, 10,146,619 passengers travelled on routes between the UK and Schiphol Amsterdam Airport.

According to KLM, an important part of their business is UK passengers connecting with other flights at the company’s Amsterdam hub.

Of the 17 UK airports, London Heathrow is the busiest route for KLM with 1,689,314 passengers flying between the two airports last year.

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