The British public has voted to eventually end its participation in the European Union, a process that could take a very long time to complete.
But how might this historic decision affect travel, especially travel to the U.K. and Europe by Americans, especially in the immediate future?
Here’s what some news publications are reporting.
In this New York Times story, the paper said:
“The pound and euro both dropped Friday, which should make British and eurozone exports cheaper overseas. American travelers heading to Britain and the rest of Europe are going to find cheaper meals, hotels, souvenirs and museum admissions because the U.S. dollar will go farther against a weaker pound and euro. Airfare for peak summer months probably won’t dip but any taxes and fees levied in Europe will be cheaper. For instance, all coach passengers leaving the U.K. for the U.S. pay 73 pounds for the Air Passenger Duty. That tax is now cheaper.” (Emphasis added).
If those assessments are correct, then instead of putting off a trip “across The Pond,” perhaps you should plan one for this coming fall.
Discussing how the “Brexit” might change the way European airlines, particularly those based in Britain, would operate, the Website Skift.com reported that:
“A Brexit could also lead to detrimental changes to airlines’ flying rights. As an EU member state, Britain is currently part of the EU’s single aviation market, which allows airlines to fly freely to and within member states.”
Don’t expect changes in air travel within Europe to take place overnight. eTN Global Travel Industry News said:
“London Heathrow airport issued this statement: ‘Heathrow continues to focus on serving passengers and proudly being the UK’s front door.
‘Anyone traveling through the airport will find it operating normally with no changes to security and immigration.’ ”
On a broader level, the news agency quoted the International Air Transport Association (IATA) analysis on the uncertainty of how the British vote to split from the EU will affect air passenger and air freight operations.