SPAIN has said it will have a backup aviation deal with the UK in case of widespread disruption to air travel post-Brexit.
Deputy Minister for European Affairs Jorge Toledo said if an EU-UK aviation deal does not come through, Spain will have its own to ensure British tourists keep coming.
“If there isn’t an agreement, then we will have a plan B ready,” said Toledo, 52.
“It would be necessary to work on a European solution but also on a national-based solution.”
Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary warned in August that airlines would be ‘screaming blue murder’ next year if a wide-ranging deal on aviation isn’t reached.
Spain fully supports the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, but a collapse of the talks would threaten tourism and commercial links and the role played by Spanish firms including Banco Santander SA and Iberdrola SA in the UK economy.