June 23rd 2016 will always be remembered as the day Britain decided to leave the EU; one of the most significant and historic decisions to take place this century. It has seen a divide across Britain as citizens have had passionate and opposing opinions as to whether the country should Leave or Remain.
Along with consequences such as David Cameron stepping down from his post, and the initial wobble of the pound, the question on many peoples lips is, “what about travel?” Europe is home to some of the worlds most beautiful, cultural and influential cities and millions of travellers flock there each year, so what does it mean for those headed for an EU country, and also the rest of the world? We have tried to provide some answers below!
Travelling TO the UK Just Got Cheaper
When it comes to the actually exiting of the European Union, we are looking at a time scale of around 2 years, however what was the immediate impact? The falling of the pound. Following the decision, the pound saw quite a drop in its value, particularly against the US dollar; the Euro also experienced a drop. While of course, this is not a cause for celebration it does mean that traveling to the UK from US became more affordable. It now sits with other destinations such as Denmark and Australia that have become more affordable in recent years with round trips dropping between 19-25% in cost.
But Travelling FROM the UK increased
The pound becoming weaker means that UK tourists will find that travel becomes more expensive. This could mean that popular long haul destinations could become significantly less crowded, especially in the United States when you take the exchange rate into consideration.
Travelzoo gave their professional opinion, “If British tourists, because of currency fluctuations, change their plans or don’t come to U.S., you may see some ability to get some better prices in some cities…We’re seeing a little of that effect now with the Canadian travellers. As their currency has plummeted against the dollar, Canadians are staying home.”
Discount Airlines May Raise Their Prices
As much as we all like to have a pop at the discount airlines such as EasyJet and Ryanair, many of us don’t think twice when it comes to taking advantage of their low fares. The reason that these companies were able to offer such low fares is because the EU allows airlines based in Europe to fly anywhere in the single market.
Now that Britain is leaving that single market, the budget airlines may need to revisit their strategy and that could eventually lead to the ‘discount’ title becoming questionable.
CNN reported that “Ryanair, from Dublin, flies on an Irish operating certificate, so its mainland European bases will be safe. But its U.K. operations across more than a dozen bases may need a new British operating certificate. Ryanair has already forecast that fares will rise because of Brexit.”
Be Prepared to Queue
As it stands currently, there has been no impact on the way that British Citizens move with countries in the EU and vice versa; HOWEVER once the deed is done and Britain officially leaves the Union the immediate access that the British passport grants will be changed and British travellers will be joining the ‘Non EU’ queues with other international travellers, which could lead to longer wait times…OR it could lead to a more efficient process at airports being created? (You have to look on the bright side don’t you!) Of course, using the online check in services, having an E Passport and being smart with your flying times can make the experience of getting through the airport much easier.
However CS Global are keen to reassure travellers that they should not be disheartened by this news and should look to far flung corners of the world, “CS Global Partners’ philosophy is to assist clients to become “citizens of the world”. Therefore, we are looking at a wider audience, not only those individuals/citizens in UK and Europe. We embrace global citizenship.”
It has also been suggested that long term, people may want to avoid long haul flights that connect in the UK before heading on to Europe. We may see that travellers are required to enter customs in the UK and also in their final destination….nobody got time for that.