We always knew that Brexit would be a major problem for airlines in 2017 and beyond but this is beginning to solidify as Spain begins to prepare for a show-down over Gibraltar. Spain has indicated that it would be willing to test the UK and the rest of the EU by blocking any UK/EU air access deal unless terms exclude Gibraltar airport. Madrid has signalled that it will veto UK access to the EU’s single aviation market unless a deal excludes Gibraltar airport. This is very strong stuff – Spain is prepared to risk crushing its own tourist industry and
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