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Hard Brexit a disaster for UK airlines, says IATA head

The head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that a hard Brexit would be nothing short of a “disaster” for UK-based carriers.

“If (traffic rights) are not negotiated because it is a hard Brexit it will be a disaster for the UK-based carriers because they will not be allowed to land in Europe, which is a small problem,” said IATA Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac in Geneva.

However, he also said that he didn’t think things would reach that point.

De Juniac also stressed that airlines needed more information and most importantly, clarity on future flying rights by October of next year at the latest.

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