Ryanair is seeking a licence from British regulators to safeguard against a hard Brexit amid little apparent progress on a new aviation deal between the UK and Europe.
Ryanair tabled an application to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) shortly before Christmas for a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
Securing such a licence from British authorities may be required for the Irish carrier to continue operating its domestic UK business in the event of no deal being struck between ministers and their EU counterparts.
A Ryanair spokeswoman said: “Ryanair today confirmed that a subsidiary company, Ryanair UK, filed an application onDecember 21 last for an AOC with the CAA in the UK. This may be required for Ryanair’s three UK domestic routes in the event of a hard Brexit in March 2019.”