EasyJet has categorically shunned suggestions Brexit will have a negative impact on its flights. The UK budget airline insisted it was “operationally well-prepared for Brexit” which, at present, will see the UK leave the EU on April 12. easyJet’s comments came in stark contrast to fellow budget airline Ryanair, which has previously suggested it could pull flights should the UK leave the EU without a deal before withtracting their statement, and consequently no plans on how to proceed. The Brexit process is currently in flux, after ministers thrice rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, leaving open the possibility of a no deal Brexit.

Members of the House of Commons also rejected four indicative vote options yesterday, including those for a common market and second referendum.

Despite the political uncertainty which has surrounded the Brexit negotiations for months, easyJet’s chief executive, Johan Lundgren, instead the bright orange branded airline remained strong in the face of the botched discussions.

He said the firm had performed in line with expectations, and added: “We have flown around 42 million customers with a significantly reduced number of cancellations and continued high levels of customer satisfaction.

“We are operationally well-prepared for Brexit. Now that the EU parliament has passed its air connectivity legislation and together with the UK’s confirmation that it will reciprocate, means that whatever happens, we’ll be flying as usual.”

His comments referred to the decision of the European political body to make provisions for UK and EU flights, in the event of a no deal.

The European Parliament deemed the routes will still be able to operate, and they will also be permitted to make stops in EU countries and travel over EU airspace, in a vote in March.

EU Parliament members also vowed to scrap a flight cap which would have limited the flight volume to summer 2018 levels.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: “Agreeing a deal between the UK and the EU should be the priority for politicians on both sides, however it is important that there are plans in place should a no-deal occur.

“This vote builds on the previous reassurances holidaymakers and business travellers have had from both the EU and UK Government that, deal or no-deal, flights will continue, meaning people can book with confidence.

“As many as 61 percent of UK citizens plan to take a trip to Europe this year. EU countries really value the contribution that UK tourists make to their countries – generating £37bn for their economies and supporting 870,000 jobs.”

It added: “If the UK and the EU agree a deal, there will then be a transition period which means everything will stay the same until the end of 2020.”

Meanwhile, easyJet’s chief executive did concede Brexit fears had impacted business.

He noted a decline in the number of Britons travelling, perhaps for fear of the political scenario.

Johan added: ““For the second half we are seeing softness in both the UK and Europe, which we believe comes from macroeconomic uncertainty and many unanswered questions surrounding Brexit, which are together driving weaker customer demand.”

Brexit has also impacted the pound to euro exchange rate, with the value of sterling falling this week.

Currency experts have told Express.co.uk the pound is being sent from “pillar to post” amid the discussions.

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