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UK airport boss appeals for government to set out its plans for Brexit

Charlie Cornish, the Chief Executive of the Manchester Airport Group (MAG), has urged the British government to shed light on what its vision for Brexit is.

The frustration in the aviation community is palpable after negotiations with the European Union hit a snag, thereby compromising the entire timetable.

Making the situation even more volatile was Finance Minister Philip Hammond’s statement that said Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet had yet to discuss what it wanted from its deal.

Airline executives are getting more and more anxious with each passing day because the aviation sector does not have an agreement to fall back on, that would keep flights going should Brexit arrive without a deal in March 2019.

“It’s important that the government move quickly, and it’s a bit worrying when you hear senior politicians saying there is no end state for Brexit agreed in cabinet,” said Cornish.

“I do think that the government need to seriously up their act and get that end-state vision for the future relationship with Europe sorted,” he added.

It is not often that chief executives remark on British politics but several have expressed their concern especially with the snail’s pace of the negotiations for a transition deal.

Cornish said that while Brexit was his primary concern, he still believes that a deal would soon be struck. The industry has already touched on the urgency of the situation especially since they sell tickets ahead of time.

Cornish also spoke out regarding potential legislation on airport take-off and landing slots after a debatable court decision that allowed administrators of unsuccessful airline Monarch, to sell off slots at Luton and Gatwick though it was not operating any more flights.

“It seems odd and unfair to customers and airports. There is a need for a fundamental review of how slots are managed when an airline goes into administration,” said Cornish.

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