UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour this afternoon welcomed confirmation from the boss of a leading airline that leaving the EU would not necessarily trigger a rise in air fares.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary wants the UK to remain in the European Union, but admitted: "I don't believe leaving the European Union will cause airfares to rise."
Mrs Seymour said: “We have been saying this all along. The only factor which really drives air fares upwards in Britain is our own Government’s travel taxation policy.
“Mr O’Leary’s comments prove that there was no foundation whatsoever in the scaremongering claims from Carolyn McCall, the pro-EU Easyjet chief executive, when she claimed a Brexit would automatically force fares to dramatically rise.”
Mrs Seymour added: “If Britain was no longer part of the EU, new air service agreements would be negotiated – but since the UK is one of the world’s leading air travel hubs, the market would remain as competitive and price-sensitive as ever.”