EU SNUBBED as flag-bearer Dutch airline pleads for special UK-Netherlands deal

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Pieter Elbers, CEO of airline KLM, said Britain and the Netherlands would fall back on the “old bilateral agreement” to forge “incredibly important” future ties.

Mr Juncker was slapped down for “ignoring” Brexit during his speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday when he outlined the European Commission’s plans for the future of the EU.

Asked how confident he was that KLM would have the UK market after Brexit, Mr Elbers said: “The UK is the single most important market for us outside the Netherlands.

“One out of five passengers on our network goes to or comes from the UK.

When we speak about the old bilateral agreement between UK and the Netherlands, we would fall back on that, which is still a very liberal situation

Pieter Elbers, CEO of KLM

“It just underlines it. We have 18 points here in our network in the UK and in fact we do serve out of Amsterdam with KLM more destinations in the UK than BA does out of London Heathrow.

“So with that, it’s incredibly important for us.

‘It all depends how Brexit will turn out.

“When we speak about aviation, when we speak about the old bilateral agreement between UK and the Netherlands, we would fall back on that, which is still a very liberal situation between the UK and the Netherlands.”

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